Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

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Random House LLC, 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 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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Good overview of end of the Roman Repubic. - Goodreads
good intro to the beginning of our world - Goodreads
An enjoyable and educational read. - Goodreads
Easy to read and keeps you captivated. - Goodreads
The writing is truly exceptional! - Goodreads
His prose and analysis was really well done. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sarah Gustafson - Goodreads

Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" podcast brought me here. A rollicking retelling of the fall of the Roman Republic. I really like Holland's focus on how Roman society pressure-cooked its people into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ed Martin - Goodreads

Extremely readable narrative history of the final century of the Roman Republic, covering the major personalities, events, and social history too. The cut-throat nature of Rome's republican politics ... Read full review

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RETURN OF THE NATIVE
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FAME IS THE SPUR
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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 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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