His biography of Augustus is the most balanced and nuanced explanation of how Augustus succeeded in gaining power over potentially more powerful competitors against a background of an increasingly corrupt and ineffective Senate. Although punctilious about what we do and do not know, the book reads like a novel in part, perhaps, because, having written several novels, Goldsworthy has learned to think about motivation. He is clearly the best Roman historian of our day.
This book, like his previous books on Caesar, Anthony & Cleopatra, and How Rome Fell and others are treasures to read and enjoy and, despite his cautions about drawing… Read more
Masters of Rome the fifth in Robert Fabbri's excellent Vespasian series is to my mind the best in the series to date. I shall not delve into the narrative as others have already done so. The story telling is of the author's usual very high standard, combined with well researched historical fact, intrigue and visceral bloody action make this another triumph for Robert Fabbri. Highly recommended. The ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker is the perfect companion to the Vespasian series, the author in a passage from his review states: It has now become my every day drinking vessel and as such gets plenty of usage; every time i take a sip of wine I am delighted by the beaker's form and feel,… Read more
A great narrative from Ross Cowan which includes, apart from what the title suggests Roman battle tactics, reconstructions of disasters, such as Crassus' disastrous defeat at Carrhae. There are discussions of Julius Caesar's great victories in Gaul and against Pompey's legions, including a nice description of the key battle at Pharsalus. Also interesting, the discussion of Antony's and Octavian's victory over the Republican army commanded by Brutus and Cassius at Philippi, after their murder of Caesar. Recommended.
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