Dynasty : The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
by Tom Holland
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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“It is a marvelous, augmented narrative, a brilliant and meticulous synthesis of ancient sourcesIt is a story that should be read by anyone interested in history, politics or human nature – and it has never been better said’ – Boris Johnson, the Mail on Sunday Rome was first governed by kings, then became a republicBut in the end, after conquering the world, the fall of the RepublicRome was drowned in bloodSo terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to accept the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace”Augustus,” their new master called himself, “The Divine Favored.”The sinister glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never been deniedNo other family can compare its gallery of main characters to pure, disturbing fascinationTiberius, the great general, who ended up with a bitter recluse, famous for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who drove his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, Nero’s mother, who manoeuvred to bring to power the son who would eventually murder him; Nero himself, the race in the Olympic Games, the wedding of a eunuch, and the construction of a pleasure castle on the fire-video centre of his capitalNow, in Rubicon’s sequel, Tom Holland gives a stunning portrait of Rome from the first imperial dynastyThe dynasty of traces of the full amazing history of his article from the world: both the brilliance of his appearance, and the blood-impregnated shadows cast by his crimesFrom the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the wet and barbaric haunted by the forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, the intrigues of grandmothers and the reluctance of gladiatorsThe dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and amazed Rome
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