By Tom Holland
In forty nine B.C., the seven-hundred 5th yr because the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river known as the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil conflict. Tom Holland’s enchanting account tells the tale of Caesar’s new release, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, listed here are the most mythical figures in heritage introduced thrillingly to lifestyles. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not just an engrossing background of this pivotal period yet a uniquely resonant portrait of an outstanding civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and competition, decadence and disaster, intrigue, conflict, and world-shaking ambition.
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