By Anthony Everitt
He discovered Rome made from clay and left it made from marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus remodeled the unruly Republic into the best empire the area 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 with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have focused on the fellow himself, as a substitute picking to chronicle the age during which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, provides a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.
Augustus started his profession as an green youngster plucked from his stories to take heart degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by way of institution buddies, 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 monstrous duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The global 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 many of the loved ones names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few comprehend the complete fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.
At a time whilst many ponder the US an empire, this lovely 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 learn of strength and political genius, Augustus is a bright, compelling biography of 1 of an important rulers in history.
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Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor by Anthony Everitt