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    DescriptionNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE "KANSAS CITY STAR" From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian," "comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever known. Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite page-turner filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome's imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders. Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans--and non-Romans--who left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome's George Washington, the very model of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus, who turned back a challenge from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the Great, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who became a role model for generations of would-be Roman rulers. Here also are the intellectual and philosophical leaders whose observations on the art of government and "the good life" have inspired every Western power from antiquity to the present: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today. Rome's decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. With "The Rise of Rome," one of our most revered chroniclers of the ancient world tells that tale in a way that will galvanize, inform, and enlighten modern readers. Praise for "The Rise of Rome" "Fascinating history and a great read."--"Chicago Sun-Times" " " "An engrossing history of a relentlessly pugnacious city's 500-year rise to empire.""--Kirkus Reviews" "Rome's history abounds with remarkable figures. . . . Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism."--"The Dallas Morning News" "[A] lively and readable account . . . Roman history has an uncanny ability to resonate with contemporary events."--"Maclean's" " " "Elegant, swift and faultless as an introduction to his subject.""--The Spectator" "[An] engaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end.""--Booklist"

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    The Rise of Rome
    The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
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    By (author) Anthony Everitt
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 478
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 460 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812978155
    ISBN 10: 0812978153

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    LC classification: DG276 .E94 2013
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    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, maps
    Random House Trade
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    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    12 November 2013
    Author Information
    Anthony Everitt, sometime visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture and is the author of "Cicero, Augustus, " and "Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome." He has served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Everitt lives near Colchester, England's first recorded town, founded by the Romans.
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    PRAISE FOR ANTHONY EVERITT Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome "A fascinating insight into the mind of the Roman emperor."--"The Sunday Telegraph" (London) "[A] skillful portrait . . . combines academic expertise with lively prose in a satisfying account of the emperor."--"Publishers Weekly" Augustus "Fascinating and brisk to read . . . All the stuff of adventure is here, from court intrigue to roving armies to shipwreck.""--The Washington Post Book World" "Everitt's writing is so crisp and so lively he brings both Rome and Augustus to life in this magnificent work, a must-read for anyone interested in classical times."--"Booklist" (starred review) Cicero "An excellent introduction to a critical period in the history of Rome. Cicero comes across much as he must have lived."--"The Wall Street Journal" "Riveting . . . a clear-eyed biography . . . [offers] vivid lessons about the viciousness that can pervade elected government."--"Chicago Tribune"