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Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic [Paperback]

Tom Holland
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March 8 2005
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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After a palace coup demolished the reign of King Tarquin of Rome in 509 B.C., a republican government flourished, providing every person an opportunity to participate in political life in the name of liberty. As Holland, a novelist and adapter of Herodotus' Histories for British radio, points out in this lively re-creation of the republic's rise and fall, the seeds of destruction were planted in the very soil in which the early republic flourished. It was more often members of the patrician classes who had the resources to achieve political success. Such implicit class distinctions in an ostensibly classless society also gave rise to a new group of rulers who acted like monarchs. Holland chronicles the rise to power of such leaders as Sulla Felix, Pompey, Cicero and Julius Caesar. Some of these leaders, such as Pompey, appealed to the masses by expanding the republic through military conquest; others, like Cicero, worked to reinforce class distinctions. 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 the republic. As Holland points out, Caesar actually precipitated civil wars and helped to reestablish an imperial form of government in Rome. With the skill of a good novelist, Holland weaves a rip-roaring tale of political and historical intrigue as he chronicles the lively personalities and problems that led to the end of the Roman republic. Maps.
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*Starred Review* Ancient history lives in this vivid chronicle of the tumultuous events that impelled Julius Caesar across the one small river that separated the Roman Republic from cataclysmic civil war. With the narrative talents that have established him as a prominent radio personality and novelist, Holland pulls readers deep into the treacherous riptide of Roman politics. To show how Caesar eventually masters that tide--if only temporarily--Holland first traces the bloody career of the ruthless dictator Sulla, who rescues an imperiled Republic even as he breaches its founding traditions. Those breaches deeply disturb the moralist Cato, but the indulgent luxury of a post-Sullan world suits Caesar well enough: a popular favorite, he sets the fashion in loose-fitting togas--and waits for his fated opening. Recounting Caesar's eventual seizure of power in pages as irresistibly cadenced as the legionnaires' march, Holland probes the tragic ironies that quickly expose the bold conqueror to idealistic assassins, who themselves soon perish in the rise of the Augustan Empire. Not a work for scrupulous scholars, but a richly resonant history for the general reader. Bryce Christensen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Readable Survey 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid but a little slow May 9 2004
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Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Decline and Fall of the Roman Republic June 16 2004
Format:Hardcover
It is easier to pin point the ending of Tom Holland's book then its beginning - it ends with the death of Augustus in 14 BC, years after the Roman Republic has ceased to exist in anything but its name.
The beginning of Holland's book, like the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic, is harder to spot. Does it start with the fall of Carthage? With the murder of reformer tribunes Tiberius Gracchus and Gaius Gracchus? Or with the first clashes between Marius and Sulla? Holland tells it all, in a spellbinding narrative that is hard to put down.
In just under four hundred pages, we get a short overview of the early republic, and then a focused narrative its final century. This is the story of some of history's greatest men and women, from Sulla to Cato, Pompey and Cicero and Cleopatra, and of course, Julius Caesar. It is a tale of murders and political maneuvering, honor and greed and lust. And, complicated as it all is, Holland serves as a fine guide through the intricate web of the dying republic.
I think it's the power of the prose, above anything, that makes Holland's book so fascinating. It reads like a novel, probably the best written account of the Roman World I've read since Robert Graves's I, Claudius. At times, he may use anachronistic terms for the narrative ('location, location, location', or 'Mutually Assured Destruction') - but that's a misdemeanor that is easily forgivable, and some may find it charming.
In the blow by blow account of the political struggles, it is sometimes hard to see a larger scheme or thesis. In as far as there is one, it is probably that the decline of the Roman Republic came through the rise of the Roman Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully interesting, and so very readable. April 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
It's rare that I've read a work of non-fiction (I read extensively and eclectically) that has had me so captivated; I (literally) couldn't put it down.
The events detailed in the book would have done justice to a Dumas novel; except they are history. The parallels to the pre-eminent Democracy of today, in it's overseas ambitions and resulting stresses, surface clearly. However, that's just an added bonus. Holland writes in such a clear, captivating and eloquent way that a period of history (for which we have all heard the important names, but would be hard-put to say exactly why they were so important) comes alive; it's as if we were reading about contemporary events and people, not those of 2,000 years ago.
Not being a classics scholar, I can't comment on the academic quality of the history; no doubt, in the interest of a wide audience, some of the more academic nit-picking as to facts and interpretations has been finessed. However, if this book is widely enough known and read, it will give readers a solid foundation, and interest, in one of the most significant 100 years, or so, of World history - recall that the Founding Fathers of the U.S. modeled much of the Constitutional deliberations on precisely these events.
I recommend this book, wholeheartedly, to anyone who is interested in classical history and/or politics. Having read it, if you agree with me, please do spread the word. This would be an outstanding recommendation for High School and College students in Classics, History and Politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous narration
If Mr. Holland would have been my teacher way dow in the year path 40 years ago how happy I would have been. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jean-pierre Petits
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2012 by Justine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant History Book
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2010 by Ben Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2010 by Ben Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the Roman Republic. Extremely readable.
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I picked up this book on a recommendation from Goodreads.com from a list of "best history books". Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2010 by Y. Li
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction
When I first read this book, I hadn't studied Roman history much, and I found this to be a very good introduction. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2009 by Ryan B. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Paperback Historians... Arm yourself with this book!
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2009 by Ron H
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marks
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.
Published on Feb. 20 2008 by Patrick Sullivan
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Knock America?
The remark inside the jacket cover about America embarking on imperial ventures is uncalled for and an affront to EVERYONE who is an American citizen. Read more
Published on June 2 2004
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