Rubicon
Rubicon
The Last Years of the Roman Republic


I cannot recommend this book highly enough, both for the history it tells and for how effortlessly one can find parallels to our own times. The power struggles in the Senate, the divide between rich and poor, the constitutional crises—all are portrayed with the immediacy of today's news.

—Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books

In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland's enthralling account tells the story of Caesar's generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life.

Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.

Title Rubicon
Subtitle The Last Years of the Roman Republic
Author Tom Holland
Publisher Anchor
Title First Published 08 March 2005
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 464 p.
ISBN-10 1400078970
ISBN-13 9781400078974
Publication Date 08 March 2005
Main content page count 464
Weight 16 oz.
 


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