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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic By Tom Holland

Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland

' The Book that really held me, in fact, obsessed me, was Rubicon ...This is narrative history at its best. Bloody and labyrinthine political intrigue and struggle, brilliant oratory, amazing feats of conquest and cruelty.' Ian McEwan, Books of the Year, GUARDIAN
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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic Summary


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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Sku
GOR001226754
Title
Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Year published
Number of pages
464
ISBN 10
034911563X
ISBN 13
9780349115634
Prizes
Winner of Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2004 (UK) Short-listed for Samuel Johnson Prize 2004 (UK) Short-listed for Nibbies 2004 (UK)
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