Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome


By (author) Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 598 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 46mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0300178727
  • ISBN 13: 9780300178722
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 224,971

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The dramatic story of Rome s first emperor, who plunged into Rome s violent power struggles at the age of nineteen, proceeded to destroy all rivals, and more than anyone else "created" the Roman Empire Caesar Augustus story, one of the most riveting in Western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. Thrusting himself into Rome s extremely violent politics while yet a very young man, Augustus skillfully maneuvered his way through twisting alliances during years of civil war. Named heir to the murdered Julius Caesar, he outwitted and outlasted far more experienced rivals like Antony and Brutus.Ruling supreme, he reinvented himself as a benevolent man of peace and created a new system of government. In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence Western history."

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Author information

Adrian Goldsworthy is a leading historian of the ancient world and author of acclaimed biographies of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra among many other books. He lectures widely and consults on historical documentaries produced by the History Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. He lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, UK.

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For all his importance, Augustus is often an enigma behind a classical facade. Goldsworthy s Augustus reveals all the drama and detail surrounding Rome s first emperor. Brimming with energy, scholarship, and wisdom, it is a history book to savor. Barry Strauss, author of "Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership"--Barry Strauss"