on December 2, 2009
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.
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.