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
excellent overview of the last days of the Republic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

An overview of the last century of the Roman republic, Tom Holland's Rubicon has been widely praised for readability, insight and intelligence. I was surprised to find the prose opaque and rather over ... Read full review

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User Review  - Richard Thomas - Goodreads

A good introduction to the history of Rome between the monarchy and the empire. I found it easy to read and intelligently written by someone whose knowledge (like that of Mary Beard) is worn lightly ... 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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