The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

Anthony Everitt


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From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian, comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its striking ascent from an vague agrarian backwater to the best empire the realm has ever identified.
 
rising as a marketplace city from a cluster of hill villages within the 8th and 7th centuries B.C., Rome turned the traditional world’s preeminent energy. Everitt models the tale of Rome’s upward push to glory into an erudite page-turner full of lasting classes for our time. He chronicles the conflict among patricians and plebeians that outlined the politics of the Republic. He indicates how Rome’s intelligent technique of providing citizenship to her defeated topics used to be instrumental in increasing the succeed in of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that followed Rome’s imperial enlargement, as outdated conduct of political compromise gave manner, resulting in violence and civil struggle. in any case, unbelievable wealth and tool corrupted the conventional virtues of the Republic, and Rome used to be left effective far and wide other than inside its personal borders.
 
Everitt paints indelible snap shots of the nice Romans—and non-Romans—who left their mark at the global out of which the robust empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome’s George Washington, the very version of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the bright normal Scipio Africanus, who grew to become again a problem from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the nice, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who grew to become a task version for generations of would-be Roman rulers. right here are also the highbrow and philosophical leaders whose observations at the paintings of presidency and “the sturdy lifestyles” have encouraged each Western strength from antiquity to the current: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out opposed to the decadence of his instances, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican associations positioned him on a collision path with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty proceed to notify our political discourse today.
 
Rome’s decline and fall have lengthy involved historians, however the tale of ways the empire used to be received is every piece as compelling. With The upward thrust of Rome, one among our such a lot respected chroniclers of the traditional global tells that story in a manner that would impress, tell, and enlighten sleek readers.

Praise for The upward push of Rome
 
“Fascinating background and a good read.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“An engrossing historical past of a relentlessly pugnacious city’s 500-year upward push to empire.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Rome’s historical past abounds with notable figures. . . . Everitt writes for the knowledgeable and the uninformed normal reader alike, in a brisk, conversational kind, with a latest perspective of skepticism and realism.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“[A] energetic and readable account . . . Roman heritage has an uncanny skill to resonate with modern events.”Maclean’s
 
“Elegant, rapid and ideal as an creation to his subject.”—The Spectator

“[An] attractive paintings that may captivate and tell from starting to end.”—Booklist

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