Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (CD-Audio)
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Short Description for Rubicon An accessible and exciting narrative history of the final 100 years of the Republic. Fascinating and thrilling, it's international politics as played out by the sopranos.
- Published: 04 October 2007
- Format: CD-Audio 1 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781405503594 ISBN 10: 1405503599
- Sales rank: 459,464
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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.