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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. Here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of Cicero, gives a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious subject.

Augustus began his career as an inexperienced teenager plucked from his studies to take center stage in the drama of Roman politics, assisted by two school friends, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus's rise to power began with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated in the titanic duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

The world that made Augustus — and that he himself later remade — was driven by intrigue, sex, ceremony, violence, scandal, and naked ambition. Everitt has taken some of the household names of history — Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra — whom few know the full truth about, and turned them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

At a time when many consider America an empire, this stunning portrait of the greatest emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing reading. Everitt brings to life the world of a giant, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A study of power and political genius, Augustus is a vivid, compelling biography of one of the most important rulers in history.

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"British author Everitt begins his biography of Augustus (63 B.C. — A.D. 14) with a novelistic reconstruction of the Roman emperor's last days, offering a new spin on his murder at the hands of his wife, Livia. Everitt presents the death as an assisted suicide intended to speed and secure the transition of imperial power to his stepson Tiberius. Later, Everitt presents a careful historical argument for this theory — and, save for a few other shadowy incidents such as the banishment of the poet Ovid, he keeps guesswork to a minimum, building his narrative carefully on solid evidence. Everitt (Cicero) makes Augustus's rapid rise through Roman society comprehensible to contemporary readers, deftly shifting through the major phases of his life, from childhood through his adoption by his great-uncle Julius Caesar to the power struggle with Mark Antony that ended with Augustus's recognition as both 'imperator' and 'princeps,' or 'first citizen.' Everitt also neatly presents his subject's complex personality, revealing how Augustus secured a political infrastructure that would last for centuries while reportedly keeping up a highly active sex life, all the while fighting off longstanding rumors of cowardice in battle. This familiar story is fresh again in this lively retelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Once, when writing a school essay on Roman generals, I asked a teacher why we couldn't refer to perhaps the greatest of them as 'the late Julius Caesar.' That's the way people customarily talked about the dead. Why not Caesar? 'Because he is too dead,' came the amused reply. It wasn't only the gap of two millennia since Caesar's death that rendered the word 'late' unnecessary. To call a man of such... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Clear, concise, well-researched and reasonable — a sensible, healthful lunch rather than a Roman banquet." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] very readable biography of Caesar Augustus." Library Journal

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The bestselling author of Cicero provides a spellbinding and intimate account of Augustus, the man who fashioned the greatest empire in the history of the world.

About the Author

Anthony Everitt, visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture, has contributed to The Guardian and Financial Times, and is the author of Cicero. He once served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Everitt lives near Colchester, England's first recorded town, founded by the Romans.

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Amanda Schaefer, January 29, 2009 (view all comments by Amanda Schaefer)
A fascinating look at not only the great historical figure, but also the history and culture that produced him.
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Peter Teiman-Frankl, February 6, 2008 (view all comments by Peter Teiman-Frankl)
Peter Teiman-Frankl here,
A true original re what made Rome, and the spirit of Rome.
A great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812970586
Author:
Everitt, Anthony
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Emperors
Subject:
Augustus
Subject:
Rome History Augustus, 30 B.C.-14 A.D.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PP PHOTO SECTION; 7 MAPS; FAMILY TREE
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.18x6.14x.93 in. .92 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Everitt begins his biography of Augustus (63 B.C. — A.D. 14) with a novelistic reconstruction of the Roman emperor's last days, offering a new spin on his murder at the hands of his wife, Livia. Everitt presents the death as an assisted suicide intended to speed and secure the transition of imperial power to his stepson Tiberius. Later, Everitt presents a careful historical argument for this theory — and, save for a few other shadowy incidents such as the banishment of the poet Ovid, he keeps guesswork to a minimum, building his narrative carefully on solid evidence. Everitt (Cicero) makes Augustus's rapid rise through Roman society comprehensible to contemporary readers, deftly shifting through the major phases of his life, from childhood through his adoption by his great-uncle Julius Caesar to the power struggle with Mark Antony that ended with Augustus's recognition as both 'imperator' and 'princeps,' or 'first citizen.' Everitt also neatly presents his subject's complex personality, revealing how Augustus secured a political infrastructure that would last for centuries while reportedly keeping up a highly active sex life, all the while fighting off longstanding rumors of cowardice in battle. This familiar story is fresh again in this lively retelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Clear, concise, well-researched and reasonable — a sensible, healthful lunch rather than a Roman banquet."
"Review" by , "[A] very readable biography of Caesar Augustus."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of Cicero provides a spellbinding and intimate account of Augustus, the man who fashioned the greatest empire in the history of the world.
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