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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    Rubicon
    Subtitle
    The Last Years of the Roman Republic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Holland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 408
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 467 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400078974
    ISBN 10: 1400078970
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 937.05
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 937.05
    LC classification: DG266 .H64 2005
    Thema V1.0: NHDA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    24 PP. B&W/9 MAPS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    29 March 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Tom Holland gained the top degree at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. at Oxford. An accomplished radio personality in Britain, he has written a highly acclaimed series of adaptations for Radio 4 of Herodotus's Histories""and Virgil's Aeneid," "to be followed by Homer's Iliad""and Odyssey," "and is the author of the novels The Bone Hunter, Slave of My Thirst," "and Lord of the Dead.""
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    "Stunning. . . . Holland keeps his narrative moving at chariot-race speed." -"Newsday" "This gripping narrative resurrects some of the half-forgotten personalities and events that shaped who we are. . . . It enables the reader to relive the slow, bloodstained collapse of a system, not only as a fascinating drama in its own right but as a morality tale." -Anthony Everitt, author of Cicero" " "A fascinating picture of Roman city life. . . . In every aspect of this story, Holland expertly makes the Romans, so alien and yet so familiar, relevant to us." -"Los Angeles Times " "Tremendously intelligent, vibrant and witty." -"The Washington Times " "The crispest and most compelling account. . . . A historical thrill ride." -"The Seattle Times ""Splendid. . . . Rich. . . . Holland writes history with a sense of immediacy, and with the passion and pacing of a novelist. . . . His absorbing, witty narrative captures the scope and drama of the republic and shapes its labyrinthine elements into a single continuum." -"Houston Chronicle " "[A] book that really held me, in fact, obsessed me. . . . Narrative history at its best." -Ian McEwan, "The Guardian, "Books of the Year "Very readable. . . . Witty, literate. . . . [It] outlines as no other story in history can the perils and misadventures that bring down democratic governments." -"St. Petersburg Times " "Gripping and hugely entertaining. . . . It is a story crammed with drama and spectacle, but the real attraction of Holland's book is the wit and contemporary sensibility that he brings to his often bloody tale." -"The Sunday Times "(London), Top 5 History Books of the Year "Lucid, stylish and witty, and interesting in its analysis. . . . Informative, balanced, and accessible, Holland's compelling brand of narrative history is a praiseworthy rendition of one of the most complex periods in history." -"BookPage" "A lively, popularly written history. . . . Holland'sR
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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 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.