Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

Anthony Everitt

He chanced on Rome made up of clay and left it made up of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus reworked the unruly Republic into the best empire the realm had ever obvious. His consolidation and enlargement of Roman strength thousand years in the past laid the principles, for all of Western background to stick with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have focused on the fellow himself, as an alternative determining to chronicle the age within which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, supplies a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.

Augustus begun his occupation as an green youngster plucked from his stories to take middle level within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by means of university associates, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward push to strength begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the substantial duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The international that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed by means of intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken the various loved ones names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few be aware of the total fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

At a time while many contemplate the US an empire, this wonderful portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing studying. Everitt brings to existence the area of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A examine of strength and political genius, Augustus is a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.

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