Augustus

Augustus

The Life of Rome's First Emperor

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He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome's first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations, for all of Western history to follow. Yet, despite Augustus's accomplishments, very few biographers have concentrated on the man himself, instead choosing to chronicle the age in which he lived. Here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of Cicero, gives a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious subject. Augustus began his career as an inexperienced teenager plucked from his studies to take center stage in the drama of Roman politics, assisted by two school friends, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus's rise to power began with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated in the titanic duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The world that made Augustus'and that he himself later remade'was driven by intrigue, sex, ceremony, violence, scandal, and naked ambition. Everitt has taken some of the household names of history'Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra'whom few know the full truth about, and turned them into flesh-and-blood human beings. At a time when many consider America an empire, this stunning portrait of the greatest emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing reading. Everitt brings to life the world of a giant, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A study of power and political genius, Augustus is a vivid, compelling biography of one of the most important rulers in history.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, Inc. ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2014, p2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490628400
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Curless, John
Recorded Books, Inc

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10000mefest
Mar 02, 2019

This profile of the life and times of Augustus illuminates ancient aspects of politics, power, women's status in the social and family hierarchy that seem almost barbaric at times, and the part suicide played in the social norms of ancient times. This was at times shocking and at others all too familiar to a lot of the shenanigans played out in our own current political and social environment. Augustus accomplished much during his reign. A lot of the things we take for granted--especially in the organizations of big cities, have their origin in the ancient Roman empire. A very interesting and enlightening read. Recommended.

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