By Anthony Everitt
He came upon Rome made from clay and left it made from marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus reworked the unruly Republic into the best empire the realm had ever visible. His consolidation and enlargement of Roman strength thousand years in the past laid the rules, for all of Western background to keep on with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have targeting the fellow himself, in its place picking to chronicle the age within which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, supplies a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.
Augustus all started his profession as an green teen plucked from his experiences to take middle degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by way of institution associates, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to strength begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the significant duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The international that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed via intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken the various family names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few understand the total fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.
At a time whilst many ponder the USA an empire, this lovely portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing interpreting. Everitt brings to lifestyles the area of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A examine of strength and political genius, Augustus is a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.
From the Hardcover edition.