Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18 déc. 2007 - 464 pages
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A vivid historical account of the social world of Rome as it moved from republic to empire. In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.
 

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Avis d'utilisateur  - msaucier818 - LibraryThing

A great book that tells the story of the end of the Republic in Rome. In many ways this book reads as a novel, and it covers all of the major players. Ancient history is one of my weaker areas, and ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Pacy, confident narrative history focusing on the political struggles within the Roman Republic which ultimately led to the establishment of the Empire. Tom Holland has a very engaging style, which I ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Pnjfbce
59
RETURN OF THE NATIVE
93
FAME IS THE SPUR
108
A BANQUET OF CARRION
181
TRILIMVIRATE
251
WORLD
297
THE DEATH OF THE RlPUBLl_
379
Bibliography
393
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Tom Holland is a historian of the ancient world and a translator. His books include Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman RepublicPersian FireIn the Shadow of the Sword and The Forge of Christendom. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to “the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilization of Ancient Greece and Rome.” He lives in London with his family.
Visit the author's website at www.tom-holland.org.

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