Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic - Abacus 40th Anniversary (Paperback)
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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic - Abacus 40th Anniversary (Paperback)

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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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349138954
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 195 x 126 x 31 mm
Edition: 40th Anniversary edition

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“A brilliant book on the fall of the Roman Republic”

I keep it short and sweet. This is a brilliant book for a brilliant part of history. This is written how a history book should be written, making it in intresting and enjoyable book for anyone intrested history. This... More

Paperback edition
13th July 2010
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“A Top Notch Narrative History.”

I bought this as I wanted some background reading for a modelling project I was doing on the major battles of the Republic. Like Richard Holmes' Marlborough, Rubicon turned out to be a cracking unputdownable good... More

Paperback edition
18th October 2016
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“Very much recommended”

This is my first Tom Holland book, inspired by my visit to Rome in October-November 2011. I was looking for an accessible book on Roman history in general, on the empire and stuff. From there I could then get into... More

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3rd October 2013
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