The Rise of Rome
The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR
From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian, comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever known.
Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world’s preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome’s rise to glory into an erudite page-turner filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome’s shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome’s imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders.
Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans—and non-Romans—who left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome’s George Washington, the very model of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus, who turned back a challenge from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the Great, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who became a role model for generations of would-be Roman rulers. Here also are the intellectual and philosophical leaders whose observations on the art of government and “the good life” have inspired every Western power from antiquity to the present: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today.
Rome’s decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. With The Rise of Rome, one of our most revered chroniclers of the ancient world tells that tale in a way that will galvanize, inform, and enlighten modern readers.
Praise for The Rise of Rome
“Fascinating history and a great read.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“An engrossing history of a relentlessly pugnacious city’s 500-year rise to empire.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rome’s history abounds with remarkable figures. . . . Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism.”—The Dallas Morning News
“[A] lively and readable account . . . Roman history has an uncanny ability to resonate with contemporary events.”—Maclean’s
“Elegant, swift and faultless as an introduction to his subject.”—The Spectator
“[An] engaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end.”—Booklist
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While the writing is good, the text formatting is poor. Every chapter starts with mis- formed emphasis text. The end of section 2 ends with two copies of the previous page and no proper ending. It's a rip- off for $14.
Another great work
Anthony Everitt has an amazing ability to transform information, typically delivered by others in a dull and pedantic manner, into a work that is both engaging and fascinating. Everitt has written a thoroughly engaging book detailing the Rise of Rome from the legendary Kings (who were all very real to the Romans) to the Republic and its demise. He provides insights into Rome's resilient mixed constitution and the forces of imperial expansion, wealth and the popular pressures that doomed it. Rome's rise is substantial: the length of time it took, the vast reach of it's immense empire, the permeation of Roman culture into other cultures, the effort involved to get there and even how long it lasted - all point to a resilient, dedicated people. This book delves deeply into the lives of some of the most influential figures in the Roman Republic, from the myths of Romulus and Remus to the stories of Cincinnatus, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, Sulla, Marius, Cicero, Cato, and other extraordinary men. Written in a prose that is clear, quite lively, very fast-paced, highly accessible and often quite captivating, this book is both a fun and easy read and a fount of knowledge about a fascinating society. Overall, another masterpiece by Everitt.