A Noise of War: Caesar, Pompey, Octavian and the Struggle for Rome: The War 1954-1975

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New Early Warfare An account of Caesar, the brilliant general and politician, Pompey the able and successful commander, Octavian, an outstanding politician, and the long civil ... war from 81-30 BC for the command of the empire. The author looks at the intrigues, alliances and rivalries. An exhaustively researched narrative based on primary sources, from Caesar's war stories to Cicero's letters. UL-XXXXXX. 295pp, ills, maps, chapter notes, bibliography, index. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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Overview

Through civil wars and world conflicts, the Roman Republic had survived 400 years, its empire stretching from Spain to Syria and beyond. But at the millennium, it seemed about to buckle. An entrenched Senate would not and could not respond to the nation's precipitous decline; its leaders, locked in the status quo and fighting for privilege, were talking reform to death. As the Republic careened to the brink of ruin, the battle lines were drawn by three figures, all larger than life. Caesar, the bold, rash general; Cicero, the greatest orator of his time; and Pompey, a brilliant and successful campaigner, were locked in a fierce struggle for Rome's future. The contest began with debate in the Forum but led soon to violent riots, then armed revolt on the battlefield and bloodshed on the Senate steps. In the end, it was Octavian, Caesar's clever nephew and unmerciful political heir, who would claim victory. Rome was poised at the dawn of the great Augustan Age. In a rich, scrupulously researched narrative history, A. J. Langguth captures this resounding, epic drama and brings to life the towering figures of the time. Capitalizing on a wealth of primary materials - from Caesar's war stories to Cicero's most intimate letters - Langguth has gone to the heart of the political intrigues, calculated alliances, and mortal rivalries that now, perhaps more than ever, seem especially vibrant and contemporary. We see Caesar, the aristocrat who championed the people's causes but was accused of wanting to be king, as he contends with Cicero, a newcomer to Rome with a sharp tongue and a lightning wit but also a fatal eagerness to please the patricians. Drawn into their struggle were Brutus, Pompey, Cassius, Mark Antony, and the eventual victor, Octavian - lobbying causes, brokering deals, leading armies, and grabbing at power. A Noise of War takes us from Caesar's battlefields in Britannia to Cleopatra's bedroom in Alexandria, from Spartacus' violent slave revolt outside Rome's
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Sweeping from Marius and Sulla to the death of Cicero, Langguth (Patriots, S. & S., 1989) portrays the major political figures of the late Roman Republic. Unfortunately, he vacillates between attempts at popular biography and critical history, his style shifting abruptly between novelistic and annalistic as he strings factual comments together like beads. Errors of fact, chronology, and interpretation abound. For example, Caesar's age is inconsistently chronicled, and the definition of patrician is outdated and inaccurate. Popularization should at least be distinguished by a clear message or lesson, but here there is little to justify the dubious attempts at oversimplification. Apparently intended for interested lay readers, the book cannot be recommended.-James S. Ruebel, Iowa State Univ., Ames
Roland Green
Langguth's narrative of the fall of the Roman republic begins in 81 B.C. with the confrontation of Julius Caesar and the dictator Sulla and the emergence of Marcus Tullius Cicero. Langguth then proceeds, through a series of progressively graver crises and progressively closer approaches to one-man rule, to the emergence of Caesar as supreme power. The intrigues and wars that followed constitute hardly more than an epilogue, for the republic was dead. Caesar and Cicero are the focal figures in Langguth's version of that story, but a host of other memorable actors are vividly portrayed. Langguth's concern throughout is readability, and this he certainly achieves. Fans of Colleen McCullough's massive fictional coverage of the same events will find Langguth's work a valuable companion to hers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671708290
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/3/1994
  • Pages: 384

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