Rubicon

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, Nominiert: Nibbies 2004, Nominiert: Samuel Johnson Prize 2004, Ausgezeichnet: Hessell-Tiltman History Prize 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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'' 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 theYear, GUARDIAN)
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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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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 464
Erscheinungsdatum 10.06.2004
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-349-11563-4
Verlag Little Brown & Co Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/12,8/3,8 cm
Gewicht 395 g
Abbildungen Section: 24, b/w and colour illustrations
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