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Rubicon

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

By Tom Holland

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Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Other Information: Section: 24, b/w and col
Published In: United Kingdom, 10 June 2004
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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* Ongoing author PR activity to include media interviews and appearances at literary festivals * Read on BBC Radio 5 January 04 * Review coverage across the national press * Key Abacus title for summer-reading promotions * Reading copies available

About the Author

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

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The only way to kindle the interest of a new generation in the Greek and Roman worlds...Holland paints a vivid social portrait of the Roman World... Ideal bedside reading for George W Bush' Max Hastings, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Tom Holland's excellent new study of the fall of the Republic...re-evaluating Rome for a new generation.' Robert Harris, THE SUNDAY TIMES

EAN: 9780349115634
ISBN: 034911563X
Publisher: Abacus
Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.8 x 3.1 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Jim Orrell on
 
Where was Tom Holland when I was at school?
Rubicon is a bonza book. It is more rivetting than fiction.
Tom has made this history a hard to put down, read.
His style is modern, pacy, detailed and also very enjoyable.
A great introduction to 'ancient' history for today.
A great companion to Tom's 'Persian Fire'.
Andrew McLean on
 
Tom Holland did a really good job in this book of covering what I consider to be the most interesting period in the history of Ancient Rome - the troubles leading to the downfall of the Roman Republic, the Civil Wars, and the advent of the Roman Empire. Holland skillfully introduces this period of history and covers all things Rome which you need to understand the story. Sulla, Marius, Caesar, Pompey, Antony, Octavian...what a line-up. If you've got an interest in Ancient Rome or any other period in Ancient History, you need to read this book.

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