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By Richard Alston

On March fifteenth, forty four BC a gaggle of senators stabbed Julius Caesar, the dictator of Rome. through his dying, they was hoping to revive Rome's Republic. as an alternative, they unleashed a revolution. through December of that yr, Rome was once plunged right into a violent civil struggle. 3 men--Mark Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian--emerged as leaders of a innovative regime, which beaten all competition. In time, Lepidus used to be got rid of, Antony and Cleopatra have been dispatched, and Octavian stood by myself as sole ruler of Rome. He turned Augustus, Rome's first emperor, and by the point of his loss of life in advert 14 the 500-year-old republic was once yet reminiscence and the beginning of 1 of history's maximum empires was once complete.

Rome's Revolution presents a riveting narrative of this tumultuous interval of switch. Historian Richard Alston digs underneath the excessive politics of Cicero, Caesar, Antony, and Octavian to bare the event of the typical Roman citizen and soldier. He portrays the revolution because the drawback of a brutally aggressive society, either one of the citizenry and one of the ruling classification whose legitimacy was once below risk. all through, he sheds new mild at the motivations that drove males to march on their capital urban and slaughter their compatriots. He additionally indicates the explanations in the back of and the speedy legacy of the awe inspiringly profitable and ruthless reign of Emperor Augustus. a charming tale of old struggle, social upheaval, and private betrayal, Rome's Revolution bargains an authoritative new account of an epoch which nonetheless haunts us today.

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