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

By Anthony Everitt

He discovered Rome made from clay and left it made up of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus remodeled the unruly Republic into the best empire the area had ever noticeable. His consolidation and growth of Roman energy thousand years in the past laid the principles, for all of Western heritage to persist with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have targeting the guy himself, in its place opting for to chronicle the age within which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, supplies a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.

Augustus started his profession as an green youngster plucked from his reports to take heart degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by way of tuition associates, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward push to energy started with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the tremendous duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The global that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed by way of intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken a few of the family names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few comprehend the entire fact approximately, and became them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

At a time whilst many ponder the USA 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 research of energy and political genius, Augustus is a vibrant, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.

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