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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (March 8 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400078970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400078974
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Travis Weir on April 27 2005
Format: Paperback
Easily the best prose I have read on the Roman Republic, etc. since Graves' "I, Claudius". I would venture to say perhaps even better.
An amazing read. Easily one of the top 20 or 30 books I have ever had the pleasure of reading, Holland's prose is simply outstanding. And that is something that is very difficult to accomplish with such doughty subject material.
His portrayal of each major player during the last years of the Republic really gave me a true sense of what kind of men they really were. Men like Pompey, Cato, Clodius, Julius Caesar really jumped off the page and I really could imagine them debating and arguing in the Senate, each with their own imitable style. They weren't one-dimensional names that appeared on a page, there was a great amount of depth to each. Pompey's arrogance and conceit, Cato's unbending rigidity and austere nature, Clodius' viciousness, and Caesar's pure genius all come to life !
If you have any appreciation for history, get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justine on Jan. 12 2012
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After having read Millenium, I wanted more and Rubicon satisfied my craving. Well written and entertaining, it reads like a novel, though I got sometimes confused with some of the characters, Claudius, Metelus, Crassus and all the other "...us". I'll have to read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2008
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Once you start reading Rubicon, it is very hard to put down. Tom Holland has done a great job. Do yourself a favour and read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9 2004
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From the published reviews I read I expected the narrative-style to be more brisk, almost novelistic. Instead it's basically a well-written textbook. (I was a history major in college and still read a lot of history and biography). Many familiar and perhaps not so familiar characters are part of this history: Cicero, Cato, Crassus, Clodius, Sulla, Spartacus, General Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Brutus, Mark Antony, Octavian (later Caesar Augustus). In his introduction the author touches on the idea of parallels between Rome and modern America: "The Roman people in the end grew tired of antique virtues, preferring the comforts of easy slavery and peace...bread and circuses." But the author doesn't pursue this analysis at all in the rest of the book. Certainly America is more like Rome with our interest in law, engineering and war, than like ancient Greece with its keen development of philosophy, literature and the arts. Like Rome, America is also a republic that became a world power, increasingly dependent on a professional, all-volunteer military. Other parallels the reader will have to discover for himself, even as he learns again about Cicero's vanity, Cato's rectitude, the Ides of March and why Caesar's wife had to be above reproach.
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If Mr. Holland would have been my teacher way dow in the year path 40 years ago how happy I would have been. I rarely read a so lively exact account of what was life in the political and social web of the Roman Republic before its passing and demise. Mr. Holland fleshes out figures that were in my world half alive, gang wars, clans, the mentality of a Roman, the immense shock of having to administer Asia Minor and the Kingdom of Pergamus and its riches by a bunch a greedy, uncouth, raw, vulgar provincials. Parallel in my view to the conquest of 2/3 of Mexico by America leading to the Fall of the First Republic 20 years later in 1865. Tom Holland makes you liking and appreciating the historical characters he describes so well, he is not afraid to describe them warts and all and if handsome and charming also, albeit murderers and sadist too. I was never so sad to finish a book I would have wished it to continue as my pleasure was so great reading it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm Plus on May 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
Having read Colleen MaCullouch's fascinating series, I have tried to find what was truth and fiction. With Rubicon, I found what I was looking for. Other accounts I found tended to be very dry and brief. Rubicon, on the other hand, is a well-written popular history (in the best sense). The author converys the competitive nature of Roman society which worked well for a city state, but not an expanding empire, thus bringing about the end of the Roman republic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron H on Sept. 28 2009
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For non-academics in the field this is a fabulous book. A great historical account of the major happenings and events in the Fall of the Republic. Holland's mastery is to recount the events through the motivations and characteristics of the key historical figures. It stands up as a true work of clarity and a great launching pad into further historical readings of this extraordinary period. Could not put this down once I started to read it!
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I keep it short and sweet. This is a brilliant book for a brilliant part of history. This is written how a history book should be written, making it in intresting and enjoyable book for anyone intrested Roman history. This easy reading book makes you come to your on conclusing on what to make of this time in history and not forcing a certain perspective on you. A brilliant History book on a important part in Western European Hisory.
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