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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

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By (author) Tom Holland, Read by Andrew Sachs

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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 140mm x 24mm | 214g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405503599
  • ISBN 13: 9781405503594
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 498,405

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The 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.

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Tom Holland received a double first from Cambridge. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. His scholarly style is pefect to reposition him as a writer of non-fiction as well as fiction.

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Holland has the rare gift of making deep scholarship accessible and exciting. A brilliant and completely absorbing study A. N. Wilson, author of The Victorians This is the best one-volume narrative history of the Rome between King Tarquin and Emperor Augustus I have ever read. The story of Rome's experiment with republicanism - peopled by such giants as Caesar, Pompey, Cato and Cicero - is told with perfect fre Andrew Roberts A modern, well-paced and finely observed history which entertains as it informs Observer Explosive stuff ... a seriously intelligent history ... [written] with elan and gusto ... It is a history for our times ... Wickedly enjoyable Peter Jones, BBC History Magazine