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Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic - Tom Holland
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400078974 (1400078970)
ASIN: 1400078970
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 408
Edition language: English
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4.0 Review of Rubicon by Tom Holland
A great book that tells the story of the end of the Republic in Rome. In many ways this book reads as a novel, and it covers all of the major players. Ancient history is one of my weaker areas, and this book filled in many gaps for me in a way that was exciting to read. I imagine that there is pr...
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5.0 S.P.Q.R.
S.P.Q.R. is Mary Beard's look at, not how Rome fell, which many others have taken a stab at, but at how it rose. She covers Rome's "first millenium," ending in 212 AD, when the Emperor Caracalla extended Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire. The title takes its name from the La...
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3.0 Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
Not enough detail on Anthony, Cleopatra and Ceasar. :( But otherwise an ok book with a nice writing style.
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4.0 RUBICON BY TOM HOLLAND
”Rather than gesture his men onward, Gaius Julius Caesar instead gazed into the turbid waters of the Rubicon, and said nothing. And his mind moved upon silence.The Romans had a word for such a momentDiscrimen, they called it--an instant of perilous and excruciating tension, when the achievements of ...
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A Wholly Reluctant Blog rated it
5.0
Breezy and brisk, Tom Holland tells the story of the early Roman Republic and the counterintuitive yet inevitable transition to a monarchy in a style that is very easy to read. The Roman Republic was founded upon an abhorrence of kings, making the presumption that Rome was destined to be ruled by em...
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