Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 464 pages
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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 Hollandís enthralling account tells the story of Caesarís 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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Good overview of end of the Roman Repubic. - Goodreads
A bit hard to read, especially in the middle. - Goodreads
good intro to the beginning of our world - Goodreads
The writing is truly exceptional! - Goodreads
His prose and analysis was really well done. - Goodreads
Easy to read and keeps you captivated. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mercedes Rochelle - Goodreads

I put off reading this book because I feared yet another plodding Classical history. Well, I couldn't have been more mistaken. I will say that this is a lot of history to shove into one book, and I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Wolfe - Goodreads

This is a insightful book on a pivotal period not only in Roman history, but world history as well. To better appreciate the book, have a pretty decent understanding of the Roman republic prior to the ... Read full review

Contents

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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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About the author (2007)

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 Herodotusís Histories and Virgilís Aeneid, to be followed by Homerís 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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