3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
History made fun for non-historians,
This review is from: Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (Paperback)
I've never really gotten into roman history, other then through documentaries and such. I've always been kind of threatened by history books as they usually assume you have a PhD in the subject or your striving for one. The Rubicon was an easy read and kept it simple, especially when it came to names. I know there's probably tons of other significant romans at the time maybe worth discussing, but would most likely end up confusing the general reader.
History buffs will be bored by this book, seeing as Tom Holland only skims over the top of this period, and mentions only some of the key events and people. There's no deep historical analysis of any kind to be found here, so don't expect to find anything "new" here, just the same "old" Caesar and Pompey.
Thanks to this book I've started to fall in love with the Roman Republic and have just started reading The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC (Cassell Military Paperbacks), soon I'll be one of those history nerds who'll criticize Rubicon for being "shallow and barely historical", but for now I'll conclude with it being a magnificent book, especially for us looking for a door into ancient Roman history.