By Anthony Everitt
He stumbled on Rome made up of 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 historical past to stick with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have focused on the fellow himself, as an alternative picking to chronicle the age within which he lived. the following, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, provides a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.
Augustus begun his occupation as an green youngster plucked from his stories to take middle level within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by means of institution associates, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward push to energy all 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 international 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 number of the loved ones names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few recognize the total fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.
At a time whilst many examine the USA an empire, this wonderful portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing studying. Everitt brings to existence the area of a big, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A examine of energy and political genius, Augustus is a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of an important rulers in history.
From the Hardcover edition.