Rubicon by Tom Holland
The Last Years of the Roman Republic

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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.


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About Tom Holland

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Historian Tom Holland is the author of the works of history Rubicon, Persian Fire, and The Forge of Christendom. He reviews regularly for the TLS, and has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Virgil for BBC Radio. Rubicon was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the 2004 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, and Persian Fire won the Anglo-Hellenic League's 2006 Runciman Award. @holland_tom www.tom-holland.org www.doubleday.com
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 464 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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It’s no surprise that British novelist Holland (Slave of My Thirst, 1997, etc.), who has adapted such classical texts as the Aeneid for radio, brings formidable storytelling talents to a drama that begins with the temporary collapse of Roman rule over Asia in 89 b.c., climaxes with Julius Caesar’...

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Rubicon, by Tom Holland, read by Andrew Sachs (5½hrs abridged, Hachette, £17.99) At dinner on the evening of March 14 44BC, someone asked Julius Caesar: "What is the sweetest kind of death?"

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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland Little, Brown £20, pp432 History remembers wars in terms of the tipping point, the moment when, with dramatically pleasing clarity, the world changes for ever: the plucking of the red and white roses of Lancaster and York;

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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland 432pp, Little, Brown, £20 The blurb on the inside jacket detailing the author's previous form is curiously selective.

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Holland points to the suppression of the Gracchian revolution—a series of reforms in favor of the poor pushed by the Gracchus brothers in the second century B.C.—as the beginning of the end of the republic, providing the context into which Julius Caesar would step with his own attempts to save th...

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