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 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
Easy to read and keeps you captivated. - Goodreads
Your writing is delicious. - 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  - Christian Crowley - Goodreads

this is a riveting history of the final years of the Roman Republic, and the personalities involved in its ascent and downfall. I picked this up after reading Robert Harris's Imperium, a fictionalized ... Read full review

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User Review  - tara slays vamps - Goodreads

For a school book, Rubicon wasn't that bad, but I think I would have learned more from a textbook. It was full of sarcasm that was at times hard to decipher, and I really did not enjoy this novel. Read full review

Contents

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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 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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