By Anthony Everitt
He came upon Rome made up of clay and left it made up of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus remodeled the unruly Republic into the best empire the realm had ever visible. His consolidation and growth of Roman energy thousand years in the past laid the principles, for all of Western background to stick to. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have targeting the guy himself, in its place picking out to chronicle the age within which he lived. the following, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, provides a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.
Augustus begun his occupation as an green youngster plucked from his experiences to take heart degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by way of tuition buddies, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to strength begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the enormous duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The international that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed via intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken a number of the loved ones names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few comprehend the whole fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.
At a time while many give some thought to the USA an empire, this wonderful portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing interpreting. Everitt brings to existence the realm of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A examine of strength and political genius, Augustus is a brilliant, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.
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