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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Langguth, A. J., 1933-
Noise of war.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994
|Named Person:||Pompey, the Great|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
A J Langguth
|Description:||384 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.|
In a rich, scrupulously researched narrative history, A. J. Langguth captures this resounding, epic drama and brings to life the towering figures of the time. Capitalizing on a wealth of primary materials - from Caesar's war stories to Cicero's most intimate letters - Langguth has gone to the heart of the political intrigues, calculated alliances, and mortal rivalries that now, perhaps more than ever, seem especially vibrant and contemporary. We see Caesar, the aristocrat who championed the people's causes but was accused of wanting to be king, as he contends with Cicero, a newcomer to Rome with a sharp tongue and a lightning wit but also a fatal eagerness to please the patricians. Drawn into their struggle were Brutus, Pompey, Cassius, Mark Antony, and the eventual victor, Octavian - lobbying causes, brokering deals, leading armies, and grabbing at power.
A Noise of War takes us from Caesar's battlefields in Britannia to Cleopatra's bedroom in Alexandria, from Spartacus' violent slave revolt outside Rome's walls to Brutus' conspiracy within Rome's grandest houses. But above all, this is a compelling account of great men and their admirable women, of great minds, incredible triumphs, and crushing defeats in one of history's most seductive dramas.