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Rubicon : the last years of the Roman Republic /

Tom Holland.

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Main Author: Holland, Tom.
Published: New York : Anchor Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
Regions: Rome - History - Civil War, 49-45 B.C.
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260 |aNew York :|bAnchor Books,|c2005.
300 |axxi, 408 p. :|bill., maps ;|c21 cm.
500 |aOriginally published by Doubleday in 2003.
504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 392-399) and index.
505 0 |aAcknowledgments -- List of maps -- Note on Proper names - Preface -- Paradoxical republic -- Sibyl's curse -- Luck be a lady -- Return of the native -- Fame is the spur -- Banquet of Carrion -- Debt to pleasure -- Triumvirate -- Wings of Icarus -- World war -- Death of the republic -- Timeline -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
520 |aRecounts the fall of the Roman Republic, tracing the events that marked the final century B.C. and discussing such topics as the rise of Alexandria and the contributions of such figures as Caesar, Cleopatra, Brutus, and Augustus. 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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