Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (Paperback)
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DescriptionThe Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness - the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall. It is a story of incomparable drama. This was the century of Julius Caesar, the gambler whose addiction to glory led him to the banks of the Rubicon, and beyond; of Cicero, whose defence of freedom would make him a byword for eloquence; of Spartacus, the slave who dared to challenge a superpower; of Cleopatra, the queen who did the same. Tom Holland brings to life this strange and unsettling civilization, with its extremes of ambition and self-sacrifice, bloodshed and desire. Yet alien as it was, the Republic still holds up a mirror to us. Its citizens were obsessed by celebrity chefs, all-night dancing and exotic pets; they fought elections in law courts and were addicted to spin; they toppled foreign tyrants in the name of self-defence. Two thousand years may have passed, but we remain the Romans' heirs.
- Published: 10 June 2004
- Format: Paperback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780349115634 ISBN 10: 034911563X
- Sales rank: 19,169
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Reviews for Rubicon
Cross the river and you will not be disappointed
I had been receiving positive feedback for this book for at least 2 or 3 years before giving it a try.
The initial pages appeared to me a slow start but once in motion it was a page turner. How different a society from our own... but at the same time how close and resembling...
There is the hard work, determination, stamina, courage and glory but also the greed, buffoonery, treason, perfidy, dishonesty, .. you name it.
Human nature at its best and worse... It is the full package.
Highly entertaining and sometimes strangely familiar. by JDP