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Augustus : the life of Rome's first emperor

Author: Anthony Everitt
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome's first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations for all of Western history to follow. Yet despite Augustus's accomplishments, very few biographers have concentrated on the man himself, instead choosing to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Augustus, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Everitt
ISBN: 9780812970586 0812970586 1400061288 9781400061280
OCLC Number: 1099720672
Description: xxxviii, 377 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Scenes from a provincial childhood --
The great-uncle --
A political master class --
Unfinished business --
A boy with a name --
From victory, defeat --
Killing fields --
Divided world --
Golden age --
Fighting Neptune --
Parthian shots --
East is east and west is west --
The phony war --
Showdown --
A long farewell --
Abdication --
Whom the Gods love --
Exercising power --
The cult of virtue --
Life at court --
Growing the empire --
A family at war --
The unhappy return --
The bitter end --
Into the future.
Other Titles: Life of Rome's first emperor
Responsibility: Anthony Everitt.

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He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome's first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations for all of Western history to follow. Yet despite Augustus's accomplishments, very few biographers have concentrated on the man himself, instead choosing to chronicle the age in which he lived. In this study of power and political genius, biographer Everitt gives an intimate account of his illustrious subject. He takes some of the household names of history--Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra--and turns them into flesh and blood. At a time when many consider America an empire, this portrait of the greatest emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening reading.--From publisher description.

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