Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor by Anthony Everitt

By Anthony Everitt

He came across Rome made from clay and left it made from marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus reworked the unruly Republic into the best empire the area had ever visible. His consolidation and growth of Roman strength thousand years in the past laid the principles, for all of Western historical past to stick to. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have focused on the guy himself, as a substitute picking out to chronicle the age during which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, offers a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.

Augustus started his profession as an green teen plucked from his stories to take middle level within the drama of Roman politics, assisted via tuition associates, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to strength all started with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the giant 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 few of the loved ones names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few comprehend the entire fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

At a time while many examine the US an empire, this attractive portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing analyzing. Everitt brings to existence the realm of a big, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A research of energy and political genius, Augustus is a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.

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