Augustus

Augustus

The Life of Rome's First Emperor

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He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome's first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations, for all of Western history to follow. Yet, despite Augustus's accomplishments, very few biographers have concentrated on the man himself, instead choosing to chronicle the age in which he lived. Here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of Cicero, gives a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious subject. Augustus began his career as an inexperienced teenager plucked from his studies to take center stage in the drama of Roman politics, assisted by two school friends, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus's rise to power began with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated in the titanic duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The world that made Augustus--and that he himself later remade--was driven by intrigue, sex, ceremony, violence, scandal, and naked ambition. Everitt has taken some of the household names of history--Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra--whom few know the full truth about, and turned them into flesh-and-blood human beings. At a time when many consider America an empire, this stunning portrait of the greatest emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing reading. Everitt brings to life the world of a giant, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A study of power and political genius, Augustusis a vivid, compelling biography of one of the most important rulers in history. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006
ISBN: 9781400061280
1400061288
Branch Call Number: 937.07 AUG EVE
Characteristics: xxxviii, 377 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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bibliotechnocrat Apr 17, 2015

In the political vacuum following the murder of Julius Caesar, a triumvirate including Octavius (Augustus) was formed. This biography charts the Emperor's rise to power, giving delicious personal details of the main players as Augustus slowly eases out his two partners. Antony's affair with Cleopatra, the German tribe revolt beyond the Rhine, Livia's Machiavellian behaviour, all feature large. Everitt has a narrative style, making this a very accessible read.

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kerkelov
Mar 15, 2012

If Roman history is your hobby, that's your book,easy to read,fast paced.

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