Rubicon: The Last Years Of The Roman Republic

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Anchor Books, 2005 - 408 pages
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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Table des matières

THE PARADOXICAL REPUBLIC
1
THE SIBYLS CURSE
31
LUCK BE A LADY
59
RETURN OF THE NATIVE FAME IS THE SPUR
151
WORLD
297
THE DEATH OF THE REPUBLIC
338
Timeline
379
Notes
386
Bibliography
392
Index
400
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Tom Holland gained the top degree at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. at Oxford. An accomplished radio personality in Britain, he has written a highly acclaimed series of adaptations for Radio 4 of Herodotus's Histories and Virgil's Aeneid, to be followed by Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and is the author of the novels The Bone Hunter, Slave of My Thirst, and Lord of the Dead.

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