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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not great.
As a key foundation stone of the Roman Empire, few people rival the significance of Octavian. For the most part Everitt does a good job of showing how he creates a system that will endure for another 1500 years (East). I would have appreciated a little more attention to Varus' Teutoburg forest incident and its consequences. Why the decision was made to not return to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Augustus
The author provides a much needed account of Octavian's l0 year rise to power, however, he fails to provide the kind of insight that transforms narrative into enlightening historical commentary. Augustus: The Life of Romes First Emporer is a pedestrian historical work, that fails to provide the kind of analysis that leads the reader into a fuller appreciation of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Augustus, Aug. 3 2008
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Chistopher Murphy (Cochrane, Alberta, Canada) - See all my reviews
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The author provides a much needed account of Octavian's l0 year rise to power, however, he fails to provide the kind of insight that transforms narrative into enlightening historical commentary. Augustus: The Life of Romes First Emporer is a pedestrian historical work, that fails to provide the kind of analysis that leads the reader into a fuller appreciation of the motivations that led to actions that tranformed the ancient world.
Augustus: the life of Romes first emporer may satisfy the novice reader but for anyone familiar with the period it is merely confirmation of the known, rather than providing much needed a understanding of the real life motivations of characters familiar to most students of the period.
So I would give this work three stars out of five, with the understanding that it's none contraversial stance will make it a standard work in Canadian history departments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not great., Dec 2 2009
This review is from: Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor (Paperback)
As a key foundation stone of the Roman Empire, few people rival the significance of Octavian. For the most part Everitt does a good job of showing how he creates a system that will endure for another 1500 years (East). I would have appreciated a little more attention to Varus' Teutoburg forest incident and its consequences. Why the decision was made to not return to efforts to conquer the area and not make it a province were not addressed in sufficient detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Laudable effort, Nov. 27 2010
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Yanick Dube (Toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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With Augustus, Everitt signs the biography of the Roman leader who has arguably had the greatest impact on his civilization. He led a long life, but though the book races through it as though it had been only mildly eventful. Not so. Augustus was a ruthless manipulator who managed to outwit and outlive most of his opposition. He succedded where Caesar failed. Everitt does a fair job at exposing the family members' tug of war, however. Unfortunately for the readers (and Everitt) the sources are silent on so many crucial aspects of Augustus' life and deeds as to render a story that is both appalling and absolutely captivating, somewhat guesswork. This is a good effort, but I find myself wanting for more: how did his relationship with the Senate, with the People, evolve ofer his 44 year reign? We see it well exposed for his early years, but less so later on when the author's tends to go from crisis to reform to a new crisis. Also, Augustus transformed the Roman state through and through: despite the spotty sources, there ought to be more in the way of finer details on how he and his close supporters accomplished all they did. In other words, how did the pre-imperial machine worked to implement his will? Nonetheless, a good read to keep handy for a quick overview of the period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Done Biography, Jan. 28 2008
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Patrick Sullivan (Kingston, Ont. Canada) - See all my reviews
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There is no question that Augustus is one of the greatest leaders in world history. His ten year rise to power is often over looked by historians. The details of the struggle are well documented by Everitt. Augustus launched the Pax Romana Era. He introduced tax and economic reforms that allowed commerce to thrive. Augustus`s economic management is the one area that Everitt does not cover. There is only one small paragraph in the book, regarding a flat tax.
Overall, I found this book to be very enjoyable and quite interesting.
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