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Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

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By (author) Tom Holland

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400078970
  • ISBN 13: 9781400078974
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 24 PP. B&W/9 MAPS
  • Sales rank: 59,487

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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.

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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.