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Rubicon

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, Nominiert: Nibbies 2004, Nominiert: Samuel Johnson Prize 2004, Ausgezeichnet: Hessell-Tiltman History Prize 2004
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ISBN-13:
9780349115634
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Seiten:
464
Autor:
Tom Holland
Gewicht:
395 g
Format:
197x126x30 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Aufstieg und Untergang der Römischen Republik: Mit stilistischer Brillanz und historischem Scharfsinn erzählt Tom Holland die römische Geschichte von ihren etruskischen Anfängen bis zur Ermordung Caesars.
* 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
'The Book that really held me, in fact, obsessed me, was Rubicon . . . This is narrative history at its best. Bloody and labyrinthine political intrigue and struggle, brilliant oratory, amazing feats of conquest and cruelty' Ian McEwan, Books of the Year, Guardian

'Marvellously readable' Niall Ferguson

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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