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    Tom Holland æ 2 Characters Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Tom Holland Read & download Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic ”Rather than gesture his men onward Gaius Julius Caesar instead gazed into the turbid waters of the Rubicon and said nothing And his mind moved upon silenceThe Romans had a word for such a moment Discrimen they called it an instant of peri

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    [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD The Good Holland has an impressive understanding of Ancient Rome and the institutions of the Republic What's this understanding was apparently acuired under the influence of a passionate enthusiasm for all things related to the Mistress of the Mediterranean; and this combined with his novelist's skills and grasp of language allows him to whip through the centuries without ever getting hung up upon minutiae or buried bene

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    [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD I know this books wasn't really meant to be read by someone with a classics background but would it have killed Holland to write a popularized history with a bit recent historical research in it? I will commend him

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    [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD Armed with the HBO series derived knowledge of ancient Rome I always used to think myself an expert on the era With a flippant relaxed and easy telling of the story Holland has just made me even comfortable in my entertainment based version of the history of Rome It is such a simple story is it not? The whole city has the same sort of people and the direction of the Republic was like one unwavering arrow and

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    Read & download Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Tom Holland æ 2 Characters [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD It is rare that you come across a history book which is suitable for both readers who know a fair amount about the subject and also for those who know virtually nothing but this is one of those very unusual books To be fair most people know something about the Roman Empire but this book fleshes out historical characters that may be just ‘names’ and puts them in context The book begins with Julius Caesar about to take the supreme gambl

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    Tom Holland æ 2 Characters Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Tom Holland [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD Rubicon Triumph Tragedy Roman Republic Tom HollandRead by Steven Crossley | 13 cds | 157 hrs | unabridged | Clipper Audio | 2005 42 mp3 0101 Clipper Audio Rubicon Last Years of the Roman Republic Tom Holland0102 Preface 49 BC Narrated by Ste

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    [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD In the few days since I finished this book the initial vague feelings of disatisfaction have coalesced into a malignant lump of unfufilled ambition for the book The opening chapter promises so much that the rest of book falls resoundingly flatIn 49 BC Ceasar crossed the rubicon with his army and thereby ended a proto democracy with dictatorial rule by deified monarchs as the prevalent form of government for th

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    [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Tom Holland Tom Holland æ 2 Characters Breezy and brisk Tom Holland tells the story of the early Roman Republic and the counterintuitive yet inevitable transition to a monarchy in a style that is very easy to read The Roman Republic was founded upon an abhorrence of kings making the presumption that Rome was destined to be ruled by emperors somewhat hard to swallow Holland however makes the case for Roman personal ambition and competetiveness as m

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    Read & download Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Tom Holland Tom Holland æ 2 Characters Roman history is well documented and this book does a great job of retelling their superb history Marius the retired Military hero is appointed commander to fight Rome’s enemy Mithridates This angered his former deputy Sulla who had campaigned for that job Sulla then challenged Marius for the job which caused a civil war in Rome

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    Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Tom Holland Tom Holland æ 2 Characters [Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic] EBOOK DOWNLOAD Reviewed for The BibliophibianWith a title like Rubicon if you know about the significance of that small river you might expect the book to be mostly about Julius Caesar if you didn’t notice the subtitle which differs slightly between editions but always mentions the Republic It isn’t in fact at times early on you might not be uite sure what Caesar has to do with it and what’s even happening to him at the time Which is fin

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Read & download Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Download ✓ 102 Th scrupulous scholarship Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniuely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self sacrifice and rivalry decadence and catastrophe intrigue war and world shaking ambiti. Breezy and brisk Tom Holland tells the story of the early Roman Republic and the counterintuitive yet inevitable transition to a monarchy in a style that is very easy to read The Roman Republic was founded upon an abhorrence of kings making the presumption that Rome was destined to be ruled by emperors somewhat hard to swallow Holland however makes the case for Roman personal ambition and competetiveness as major motivators for kingship and also highlights a variety of additional interesting oxymorons built into Roman dogmaThe speed with which the reader is whooshed through the narrative makes one worry how thorough a history can be without being stodgy and meticulous Carthage the Punic Wars and Hannibal receive perhaps two pages One gets the impression as they read this book that they are zipping through an art museum on a roller coasterGladly the details Holland chooses are chosen very well which makes his accelerated style very functional They are concise and illuminating and well crafted and they make it possible to describe the Carthaginian wars effectivelyThe Roman attitude is the primary theme with all its perks and pitfalls For example Romans regarded their city with pride and arrogance yet Holland and others compare it unfavorably to other cities of its day in terms of layout consistency and architectural beauty The anathema of long term despotic rule does have its advantages as Holland indicates allowing long term architectural projects and metropolitan organization compared to 1 year consular rule that prevented extensive plans of action resulting in a Rome that was in short a haphazard dump in which it was easy to get lost Romans likewise cherished the illusion of public opinion swaying the direction of their city and nation when in truth the ruling class held sway and as years passed as the Republic gradually metamorphosed into a plutocracyBecause this period of Roman history has been covered to great extent it s difficult to uestion the veracity of historical fact Holland presents he offers up seven pages of source material in defense of his writings Holland has degrees in English and Latin not history and may take a bit of creative license with the figures in his book but he doesn t spend much time on anyone without a significant amount of contemporary writing done about them and it s easy to infer what sort of men Julius and Augustus Caesar Pompey Sulla Cicero and others were through their actions and because they constantly wrote about themselves or had someone else do it for them though they may have elaborated somewhat upon their histories it s plausible that Julius Caesar was not in fact a god While the opinions and feelings he projects upon the characters may or may not be true the circumstances certainly were and Holland uses his Roman Thesis to calculate them appropriatelyIn the end Holland covers ground similar to that which Plutarch covers with the latter Roman portion of his Lives but with energy and a great deal of circumspection about the nature of Roman society with the aforementioned disdain for an inevitable monarchy at the forefront and how successive personalities laid the path for EmperorsI liked this book a great deal

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Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Download ✓ 102 In 49 BC 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 t. The Good Holland has an impressive understanding of Ancient Rome and the institutions of the Republic What s this understanding was apparently acuired under the influence of a passionate enthusiasm for all things related to the Mistress of the Mediterranean and this combined with his novelist s skills and grasp of language allows him to whip through the centuries without ever getting hung up upon minutiae or buried beneath the weight of the various personalities who boldly and energetically bestrode the foredeck of the RepublicThis truly is popular history at its best a breakneck ride through the tumultuous doings of the Roman Republic in the last century before the birth of Christ that still exert their enthralling spell upon a whole host of modern readers After a rapid introduction to the birth of the Republic in the sixth century BC and a tour through the Latin and Samnite Wars the Punic Wars the absorption of distant provinces and Rome s makeup cultural religous geographical and most importantly political Holland then tears it up vigorously in placing the Marian and Sullan factions and their namesake leaders within the civic foundations and adjuncts of the Eternal City The Sullan conservative aristocracy always on guard to preserve their cherished Republican constitution the Marian demagogues who sought to manipulate the plebian hordes to expand their authority and overcome the institutional bulwarks that prevented the augmentation of their personal power this forms the dominate theme as we meet Catulus Lucullus Cato Cicero Pompey Crassus Clodius Catiline Caesar The story especially takes off when Caesar Pompey and Crassus the unlikeliest of allies form the first Triumvirate then Gaul is smashed Crassus slain Caesar set against the Republic defended by Pompey Caesar victorius but always in danger Caesar slain and Antony Octavian and Lepidus at the head of the Second Triumvirate proscription great battles down to two between Octavian and Antony Then after the great smashup at Actium Octavian reborn as Augustus the Princeps the political genius who under the guise of restoring the august Republic buried it utterly beneath the gilded chains of a rigorous and absolute monarchySure it s not a scholarly work but it is a damn good read with no time to catch your breath before being whisked into another clash of wills and personalities with the civic mobs always swaying in the winds and spoiling for a good fight Holland does an excellent job at bringing sometimes alien and perplexing customs to light and is especially adept at placing the actions undertaken by the various actors within the political traditions of the Republic at how Rome paradoxically encouraged a boundless ambition and hunger for fame within its children whilst simultaneously ensuring that ambition and fame would always be clipped channeled or eclipsed in the end that Rome would always benefit whether its offspring was rising or falling and thus making them explicable to mindsets tuned to the modern age The Bad The enormity of the time frame and events that Holland needed to portray certainly limited him in his expositional choices and thus it was almost inevitable that he would be reduced to the need to tell the tale through the Big Men and a handful of women in the background who dominated the course of events Nonetheless this does mean that much gets lost in the process and certain key episodes are whipped through so uickly that many of the details crucial to a true understanding of how things played out are either skipped entirely or condensed to a scattering of words that fail to adeuately convey their import Admittedly this is a relatively minor complaint because Holland s choices of what to omit for the most part are uite judicious and still impart a visceral understanding of what has taken place and why it matteredA serious flaw is the tone and manner in which Holland pens his history The story of the fall of the Republic that institutional framework compiled by a practical and hard working amalgamation of Tiber hill clans in the midst of an unimportant mountainous peninsula which as it teetered on the precipice had risen to dominate the entire Mediterranean should be a tale tragic in its unfolding full of grim pathos and heroic striving Unfortunately Holland comes at his material with an irony and sarcasm that drips off of virtually every page and no matter the character or the historic event being described the whole is distilled to the raging greed hypocrisy pettiness hatred revenge lust and burning desire for power that underlay everything as an ulterior motive While the manner in which the proconsuls in alliance with business interests ruthlessly exploited the provinces is endlessly reiterated Holland never mentions the law and order general peace good roads and expanded markets etc that improved the standard of living for many of the Republic s provincials and client subjects Although base actions tinged much during this period it becomes wearisome to see every single thing painted with its unflattering and mocking huesThat Holland chose this route to portray his subject is of course his prerogative but he is so generally dismissive and harsh towards the Republic that by the end the reader can only wonder why its downfall should be presented as a bad thing If it was in many ways a dysfunctional and cynical undertaking in which all roads pointed towards dictatorship a mercurial snake pit endemically poised to be seized by the strong arm of the despot it repeatedly reared and nurtured within its own walls then why lament the fact that Augustus removed all of the remaining republican trappings the naked authority exposed to be covered with his own concealing fig leafs In Holland s hands it s not a tragedy it s a comedy starring the grossest collection of misanthropic misfits ever assembled upon a single stage The vast benefits of modern scholarship and hindsight certainly allow the author to drip his bemused irony and thinly veiled scorn all over his work but IMO it detracts from the very message that presumably he has been trying to get across that the Republic despite it many imperfections was a noble and relatively free experiment in a form of representative government That it fell because it was not designed for the incredibly extensive cultures and realms it came to be reuired to rule is tragic but true yet this important point gets lost within the arch patina that Holland applied to his textual brio The Ugly One of the drawbacks of Holland s witty and bracing style is the abundant insertion of modernisms into the text which can be jarring in their cheesiness and insouciance thus Clodia has gangster chic and porn caliber Sulla s legions are described as being stormtroopers the aristocratic frenzy to snatch up properties in the Bay of Naples is all about location location location Cicero dips into his Rolodex the Greek petty realms are oppressed by the arm of Big Business etc For every corny groaner Holland floats he provides another that is genuinely amusing but the effect over time does tend to distractingly remove the reader from the setting of the glorious Republic and remind him that the ancient Roman authors for all the archaicness of their style were thankfully absent the need to try and impress their readership by being hip The Bottom Line The book has its flaws but they pale next to its galloping readability and informative flow If your wish is for a well written popular history of the dramatic final years of the Republic you ll scarce find one better than Rubicon

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Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Download ✓ 102 O 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 wi. Rubicon Triumph Tragedy Roman Republic Tom HollandRead by Steven Crossley 13 cds 157 hrs unabridged Clipper Audio 2005 42 mp3 0101 Clipper Audio Rubicon Last Years of the Roman Republic Tom Holland0102 Preface 49 BC Narrated by Steven Crossley0103 Preface The Die is Cast0108 Ch 01 The Paradoxical Republic Ancestral Voices0115 Ch 01 The Paradoxical Republic The Capital of the World0201 Ch 01 The Paradoxical Republic Blood in the Labyrinth0207 Ch 02 The Sibyl s Curse Sacker of Cities0210 Ch 02 The Sibyl s Curse Choking on Gold0217 Ch 02 The Sibyl s Curse A Trumpet in the Sky0304 Ch 03 Luck Be a Lady The Rivals0307 Ch 03 Luck Be a Lady Thinking the Unthinkable0314 Ch 03 Luck Be a Lady Missing the Joke0319 Ch 04 Return of the Native Sulla Redux0402 Ch 04 Return of the Native Sulla Felix0409 Ch 04 Return of the Native Sulla Dictator0415 Ch 05 Fame is the Spur A Patrician s Progress0503 Ch 05 Fame is the Spur Round and Round the Racetrack0512 Ch 05 Fame is the Spur The Bull and the Boy0517 Ch 05 Fame is the Spur The Shadow of the Gladiator0605 Ch 06 A Banuet of Carrion The Proconsul and the Kings0613 Ch 06 A Banuet of Carrion The War Against Terror0618 Ch 06 A Banuet of Carrion The New Alexander0703 Ch 07 The Debt to Pleasure Shadows in the Fishpond0707 Ch 07 The Debt to Pleasure Party People0713 Ch 07 The Debt to Pleasure Caelius s Conspiracy0801 Ch 07 The Debt to Pleasure Scandal0806 Ch 08 Triumvirate Cato s Gambit0814 Ch 08 Triumvirate Clodius Raises the Stakes0820 Ch 08 Triumvirate Caesar s Winning Streak0905 Ch 08 Triumvirate Pompey Throws Again0912 Ch 09 The Wings of Icarus Crassus Loses his Head0920 Ch 09 The Wings of Icarus Ad Astra1006 Ch 09 The Wings of Icarus Weeping for Elephants1015 Ch 09 The Wings of Icarus Mutually Assured Destruction1104 Ch 10 World War BlitzkriegIt has some laugh outloud moments take the incident where a certain chappie is in his tent dying of plague then BAM CLAP KAPOW ZING lightening strikes and moves the outcome forward a tad And I never tire of the tales of Publius Claudius Pulcher4 Persian Fire The First World Empire and the Battle for the West 4 Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic

  • Paperback
  • 464
  • Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic
  • Tom Holland
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9781400078974