(E–pub) The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt

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  • The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome
  • Anthony Everitt
  • English
  • 10 January 2020
  • 9780812970586

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Anthony Everitt È 0 characters Read ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Anthony Everitt Free download The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome S 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 CleopatraThe 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 househ. Augustus by Anthony Everitt is a very reader accessible biography of Augustus Rome s first Emperor The book is a chronicle of the entire life of Augustus and his parents from birth to death 70 BCE 14 CE His family was a famous one well known to those of us familiar with Shakespeare s political stage plays and several PBSMasterpiece series However as much as the political and family strife of ancient Rome now entertains us it is the military campaigns and the brilliant commanders which made Rome a civilization which lasted almost 500 years as a world power The book too briefly outlines some of the customs and laws the ancient Romans had and how some of them changed or were given attention after Augustus established himself as emperor A literate society like the Romans possessed especially since Augustus apparently believed in free speech means a gold mine of documentation about them It is a shame so much of it has been lost through the succeeding centuries We know literature existed because of references to lost books made in surviving works What is known about the military campaigns Augustus participated in or designed and led are discussed in Augustus Ad infinitum Those of you who enjoy reading about the strategies and tactics of military campaigns will certainly enjoy Augustus He was not always the winner of these battles Indeed he made some serious mistakes which cost many lives in his legions and serious loss of of face But when he realized his limitations as a military mind he employed able friends and others he knew to be better commanders than himself Augustus was a calm personality generally not given to excess of emotions or habits It made him a good ruler if not a military genius What I picked up from reading about his campaigns decades of them most Romans LOVED instigating constant military campaigns was geography and weather and personalities of leaders was very important Knowledge of roads hills marshes being aware of one s supply lines deployments of troops often meant the difference between winning and losing Pincer movements where and when to place infantryarchersengineers taking care of one s troops troops felt free to revolt and desert if not paid or even if ashamed of their particular Roman commanders etc are obviously key to battles But don t ask me I was a secretary Ffs ancient Romans certainly loved to gather up legions and make war on frenemies other politicians and rulers of distant lands Preemptive and defensive war strikes seem to have been always on the agenda of Roman politicians and wannabes I think it is safe to say the constant politicking Romans indulged in stirred up a lot of ambitious men into hopes of furthering their social positions through commanding legions into making war At least it appears so from the written history they left behind after their civilization was done They wrote a LOT of war memoirs Living in Rome a city of maybe a million people was a prestigious prize of citizenship not given to anyone not considered important or born there One way to be important was to be born into or marry into an old Roman dynasty which had held onto its property and wealth for generations The other was military action which brought honor and wealth to Rome and enough personal social capital to buy into the top ranks of Roman society which was primarily a political society Thus every ambitious Italian and Roman studied rhetoric and literature and how to fight wars as young men Top rank Romans had running water baths fabulous houses slaves cool art and architecture amazing circuses and gladiator fights the pick of beautiful women exotic foods respect of other brilliant men of power and authority who could provide armies to their friends who didn t want to become a rich Roman Even if it meant enduring periodic life threatening political purges every other year or so and sometimes exile to much primitive lands on occasionAugustus died at age seventy six perhaps a natural one which set off some uprisings in conuered provinces which had been uiet and of course some of his relatives immediately plotted to take the top spot you know the usual ongoing struggle of power and politics in Rome But Augustus ruled an exceptionally long time almost forty four years He must have had the right stuff somehow so it makes him an attractive subject for biographers I think Everitt s is an easy readable one especially if one is interested in military campaigns There are maps of ancient Rome and the Mediterranean as well as extensive Notes Sources and Index sections An excellent Chronology is provided after a table of contents section The author does not really indulge much or too far in speculative or titillating conjectures despite that he could have from the tidbits of gossip which were hinted at in discovered grafitti the Romans left behind yes Grafitti and sly poetry and plays with libelous references to social gossip there were lawsuits and such occasionally too Romans did that This is one of the sedate books about ancient Romans I have read as a result He does do some logical speculation where there are gaps in discovered ancient memoirs histories letters or literature Historians do love literate culturesPS Caesar Cleopatra Mark Anthony Pompey Cicero Agrippa Cato Julia Tiberius Drusus Marcellus Horace Germanicus Ovid all of the Maruee personalities make an appearance They are remembered for their various successes and tragedies because there is so much source material on them They were real people and Everitt brings them to life using historical sources

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Anthony Everitt È 0 characters Read ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Anthony Everitt Free download The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome Old names of history–Caesar Brutus Cassius Antony Cleopatra–whom few know the full truth about and turned them into flesh and blood human beingsAt 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 From the Hardcover edition. A solid biography of the founding father of the Roman Principate Indulges in a fair amount of speculation but I suppose that s what separates scholarly history from popular history and the author gives you plenty of notice when he s off on a flight of informed fancy Besides given the paucity of reliable sources for much of Gaius sOctavian sAugustus s life perhaps some speculation is called forAny student of Roman history should have a handle on the life and times of Imperator no 1 and this isn t a bad place to start Everitt also includes a nice appendix of primary source materials and a bibliography for suggested reading in a variety of areas related to the end of the Republic and the early Imperial period

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Anthony Everitt È 0 characters Read ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Anthony Everitt Free download The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome 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 hi. I have tried over and over again to write a review on this outstanding and spellbinding book but without success Nevertheless what I will state categorically is that Everitt has succeeded magnificently in bringing Augustus alive to the reader The author also achieved a real sense of place as Rome also became alive to me I so wish that the book had been longer as I didn t want to finish it Trust me read this book It is out there waiting for you to be captivated the way I wasOne of my top favourite books highly recommended