The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Book - 2005
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Recounts the fall of the Roman Republic, tracing the events that marked the final century B.C. and discussing such topics as the rise of Alexandria and the contributions of such figures as Caesar, Cleopatra, Brutus, and Augustus. 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.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9781400078974
Branch Call Number: 937 HOLLAND
Characteristics: xxi, 408 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

A detailed but compulsively readable account of the life-and-death machinations that brought an end to the Roman Republic and spawned an empire. Holland's thesis is that Roman culture held no distinction between public and private advancement. Thus personal gain was inherently political, and the stakes were raised and raised until the only way to succeed was to seize total power.

Jan 10, 2018

Anything by Mr.Holland is readable and worth your time. This is doubly so for this study on the end of the Roman republic. Plus his knowledge of, and explanation of, Roman tactics alone makes this a fascinating read.

Oct 07, 2010

For those interested in a more readable and "popular" telling of the last days of the Roman Republic, Jeff Holland's Rubicon (or, since we're talking about Rome here, Rvbicon) fits the bill pretty well. He covers all the major personalities in a very informal, personal manner that is sure to appeal to more modern readers.

There are better works out there, but for an introductory narrative that reads like a novel at times, you could do worse.


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