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Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

Augustus The Life of Rome s First Emperor 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

  • Title: Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
  • Author: Anthony Everitt
  • ISBN: 9781400061280
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 concentHe 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. 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 was.One of my top [...]

    2. The story of Augustus is woven with betrayal & violence. His rise to power, his political adversaries, and his unprecedented rule at are all covered in glorious detail while remaining engaging & informative. Augustus is a fascinating historical figure & this is by far the most compelling narrative I've read about how he rose to power through clever maneuvers and an unyielding ambition. Would recommend this for anyone interested in learning about the life of Augustus & how he shap [...]

    3. Probably the best (either this one or Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician) of Everett's Roman biographies and histories. A nice introduction and review of Augustus. Nothing particularly new in this book, but Everitt has a flair for narrative biography.IF you are new to Anthony Everitt, I'd suggest reading in the following order: 1. The Rise of Rome 3 stars2. Cicero 4 stars3. Augustus 4 stars4. Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome 3 starsBut really, unless you are planning on all [...]

    4. Towards the end of his previous book, "Cicero", Everitt describes Cicero taking Julius Caesar's grand-nephew, the young Gaius Octavius, under his wing and introducing him to the world of Roman politics. In gratitude, the young Gaius winds up forming an alliance with Mark Antony and reluctantly agreeing to have Cicero killed (although he forces Antony to murder his uncle in exchange). Thus begins the rise to power of Rome's first emperor, later to call himself Augustus.On one hand, Augustus could [...]

    5. I do not think I ever read a book on Roman history that I did not like and this book has not changed that. Augustus is considered Rome's first Emperor due to the fact that he spent over 40 years as Emperor. He came to this position by being the nephew and then becoming Julius Caesar's adopted son. Caesar trained him, as a youngster, in the rudiments of Rome's military leadership training. However, when Caesar was assassinated in March 15 of 44 BC Caesar's most important soldier Mark Antony and A [...]

    6. Very well done. Told as narratively as possible, almost in novel form at some points. Very engaging, makes you feel like you know these people. If you liked the HBO series, you'll like this book. It was a very easy read each time I picked it up, which is saying something as I read it during a very stressful time during which I didn't have a lot of time to spare. But I always enjoyed diving into it. You'd think that I'd need something a bit more relaxing. But not with the way this was written.I d [...]

    7. Approachable biography of one of the most important figures in western history. The book, being relatively short, is dense but very informative. Beside Augustus itself, Everitt brings to life many historical figures that had an influence on the emperor (both past and contemporary) and are essential to understand the political situation at the time. This approach contributes to a true 360 degrees view of the main character.It is important to stress that this is a non-fiction book, heavy on the de [...]

    8. 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's/Octavian's/Augustus's life, perhaps some speculation is called for.Any student of Roman history should have a handle on the life and times of Imperator no. 1, a [...]

    9. A great follow-up to Cicero. Between the two of them you get a thorough introduction not only to these two men, but more generally to life in ancient Rome and its rise to empire. (It's a crazy story, if you hadn't heard.)

    10. Writing a biography about a person that lived 2,000 years ago is a risky endeavor for anyone who strives for historical accuracy. Even when the person is Augustus Caesar, the known facts predominantly consist of isolated events of macro importance or fragments of writing that have lost much of their context. As is the case with Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor, extensive speculation is required to bring a semblance of life to the factual islands that dot the historical timeline.The und [...]

    11. Entertaining look at a man who lived a long life and had an immense influence on Rome. I particularly enjoyed the chapters through the Battle of Actium. After that the author discusses life in Rome in general so it slows down somewhat.My favorite character was Marcus Agrippa, who was an outstanding soldier and friend of Augustus. It was to Augustus' good fortune to have such a loyal follower.If you have seen "I, Claudius" you know much of what happened what happened to many of the people in the [...]

    12. Debía esta reseña desde el año pasado. Fue una lectura bastante distinta a las otras pues los "personajes" no son ficticios ni derivados de la mente del autor, sino que fueron, aunque mucho tiempo atrás, personas de carne y hueso. Considero que constituye una tarea harto difícil la redacción una obra biográfica, máxime cuando se trata de una obra de no-ficción (es decir, cuando la obra en cuestión no es una novela que reconstruye los hechos) y si de una que pretende mostrarse como una [...]

    13. Excellent insight into the Roman era. Interesting book that was well written with explanations that extend to modern days. I recommend it highly!

    14. The First Roman Emperor, although many did not see him as such. A calculating figure, who brought forth a massive empire which left its mark on all of Europe.

    15. A erudite exploration of Rome's first and greatest emperor. A entertaining book for lay people. The most challenging part of the book is knowing the ancient geography of the time.

    16. Anthony Everitt follows up his excellent biography of the Roman politician, lawyer, and writer Cicero with a strong biography of the first Roman emperor, Augustus (born Gaius Octavius in 63 BC). If one add in Goldsworthy's well done recent biography of Julius Caesar, one then has a trio of excellent biographies that help make the political intrigues of Rome in the late Republic and early Empire come to life. The challenges facing the author include holes in the life story of the man who became A [...]

    17. I've been binging on Rome lately, and this is the 4th Anthony Everitt book I've read so far. It's a solid work that starts with the Civil War in the wake of Julius Caesar's death. Augustus, Caesar's heir, has a lot of popular support, but he nonetheless ends up with one big black cloud hanging over him. He and Mark Anthony perpetrate one of the worse mass murders in Rome's history. When the pair seize power, they post lists of thousands of people, declaring them to be 'enemies of the state.' Thi [...]

    18. Growing up, I had a huge thing for history. Specifically, Ancient Egypt and Cleopatra. To this day, I can recite basically all of Cleopatra's history, from her siblings, children, death, legacy, etc. Over so many other things, that's stuck in my mind as something I needed to remember. Octavian -- as I always heard him called -- was a name I was familiar with. He was the person who caused Cleopatra to kill herself. I always didn't like him much for that. But, after reading this book, I can honest [...]

    19. This book is an audacious attempt to cover in only 327 pages the rise to power and reign of Rome's first emperor. Not all my questions were answered, but I have a better understanding of the period having read this biography.The author quickly introduces Augustus as Octavian, the handsome and astute great-nephew of Julius Caesar. Trained in public administration by Caesar, Octavian was a person of delicate health who never became the warrior that his great-uncle was. In fact, he leaned heavily u [...]

    20. I enjoyed the book, but felt like he narrative could have been a little bit better constructed. I felt like the work jumped from place to place and time to time much too suddenly and I found myself having to go back and reread a few page to figure out how we got where we were. Also, and this is definitely not the author's fault, there was a lack of certainty about many facts because of the lack of surviving records. This is to be expected, but compared to biographies of more modern personalities [...]

    21. I liked it but it wasn't enough. I understand that much of what we know about Ancient Rome is supposition, especially in regards to an individual but somehow this book almost came across as all supposition. Was it the way he wrote it?? Do we really know so little?? This book concentrates on the early life of Augustus. His childhood, his rise to power and his consolidation of that power. It dwells on very little in depth, making it a good overall perspective on the making of the emperor but not g [...]

    22. This is a very good biography of Augustus, a man who was a complex as he was powerful. The interesting events of Augustus' life: the murder of Julius Caesar, the battles against republicans and Mark Antony, the end of the republic and creation of the empire all are related with good judgement and narrative drive while Augustus is brought to life as well as any man who lived 2,000 years ago can be. This would be a great book for anyone who is new to Roman History, but also for anyone who has read [...]

    23. Anthony Everitt's biography of Gaius Octavian Augustus tells the story of his rise through Roman society by taking us through the major phases of his life, from his provincial childhood to his adoption by his great-uncle Julius Caesar. The multi-dimensional personality of Augustus, his genius as an administrator and planner and his not so brave time in the battlefield is well depicted. We witness his many marriages and friendships which helped him in becoming the most powerful man in Rome. The p [...]

    24. This book beautifully narrates the life of Rome's first emperor, Gaius Octavius--later to be called Caesar Augustus. It was written exceptionally well. While reading it, you can see how the author creatively showed some of Augustus' emotional side, usually absent in our textbooks, without sacrificing the impartiality in discussing this historical figure. Speaking of impartiality, the writer was good enough to be objective, portraying Augustus not only as an important political persona in Rome's [...]

    25. Well-written, fascinating biography that reads like a novel, this work is about the life of one of the most influential - for good or ill - historical personages. Many familiar names are found here, having crossed the world's stage during Augustus's lifetime: Julius Caesar, Brutus, Livy, Cato, Mark Antony, Cleopatra; each is placed in their proper chronological, historical niche as Everitt tells the familiar story of Octavius (Augustus's birth name - "Augustus" was appended later) and his rise t [...]

    26. Throughout this somewhat short biography I was sufficiently entertained and gained a bit from reading it. I can't say I usually learn anything particularly entirely new for this period of Roman history, but what sets this book apart is its authorship. Again, I was quite entertained throughout Everitt's book on Augustus and was refreshed by some different perspectives on what could've been. As for content, the book draws on the typical ancient sources, notes a couple of modern ones, and also take [...]

    27. Anthony Everitt tells the amazing story of the young Gaius Octavius, who grows up to become the man we know as Emperor Augustus. Everitt gives the treatment of Augustus' life the same way he treated the orator Cicero's. Everitt has an easy to follow narrative that guides the reader from the chaotic early life to the stable rule as the first Emperor of Rome, or what Augustus called his new regime: the Principate.Born during Cicero's consulship, the young boy grows up in the period of political in [...]

    28. This was the first biography I ever read. Surprisingly enough, as I'm a Classics major with a concentration in Latin, I did not read it for a class. I've always had a certain fascination with Augustus even though I never knew too much about him. (It is hard for me to imagine him an any other way than as Simon Woods played him in HBO's Rome but that is not being very historically objective, now is it?)Everitt successfully navigated the difficult feat of writing about a great man, on whom there ar [...]

    29. I so enjoyed reading Everitt's The Rise of Rome and Cicero this summer. I just finished his Augustus: the Life of Rome's First Emperor and was in no way disappointed. Everitt really brings Ancient Rome to Life. I will be buying his Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome very soon.

    30. I doubt that this recent biography on Augustus -- ne Octavian -- is the first to focus solely on the first emperor of Rome (as the dust-cover flap suggests), but I will agree with most critics and readers that this is a compelling read that manages to include many of the debates and nuances that make Augustus and his contemporaries so intriguing. If you're looking for confirmation of the scandalous affairs and sordid acts that were paraded on screen during the two seasons of HBO's breath-taking [...]

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