By Anthony Everitt
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From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian, comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its awesome ascent from an imprecise agrarian backwater to the best empire the area has ever recognized.
rising as a industry city from a cluster of hill villages within the 8th and 7th centuries B.C., Rome became the traditional world’s preeminent strength. Everitt models the tale of Rome’s upward thrust to glory into an erudite page-turner jam-packed with lasting classes for our time. He chronicles the conflict among patricians and plebeians that outlined the politics of the Republic. He indicates how Rome’s wise technique of providing citizenship to her defeated topics was once instrumental in increasing the succeed in of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that observed Rome’s imperial enlargement, as outdated behavior of political compromise gave means, resulting in violence and civil conflict. in spite of everything, unbelievable wealth and gear corrupted the normal virtues of the Republic, and Rome used to be left effective in all places other than inside its personal borders.
Everitt paints indelible pix of the nice Romans—and non-Romans—who left their mark at the international out of which the robust empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome’s George Washington, the very version of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the intense common Scipio Africanus, who grew to become again a problem from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the nice, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who grew to become a task version for generations of would-be Roman rulers. right here are also the highbrow and philosophical leaders whose observations at the paintings of presidency and “the stable lifestyles” have encouraged each Western strength from antiquity to the current: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out opposed to the decadence of his occasions, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican associations placed him on a collision path with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty proceed to notify our political discourse today.
Rome’s decline and fall have lengthy involved historians, however the tale of the way the empire used to be gained is every piece as compelling. With The upward thrust of Rome, one in every of our such a lot respected chroniclers of the traditional global tells that story in a manner that might provoke, tell, and enlighten smooth readers.
Praise for The upward push of Rome
“Fascinating background and an excellent read.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“An engrossing heritage of a relentlessly pugnacious city’s 500-year upward thrust to empire.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rome’s background abounds with extraordinary figures. . . . Everitt writes for the trained and the uninformed basic reader alike, in a brisk, conversational type, with a contemporary angle of skepticism and realism.”—The Dallas Morning News
“[A] energetic and readable account . . . Roman historical past has an uncanny skill to resonate with modern events.”—Maclean’s
“Elegant, rapid and wonderful as an advent to his subject.”—The Spectator
“[An] enticing paintings that may captivate and tell from commencing to end.”—Booklist