The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

by Anthony Everitt
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The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire by Anthony Everitt

From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian, comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever known.
 
Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world’s preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome’s rise to glory into an erudite page-turner filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome’s shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome’s imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders.
 
Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans—and non-Romans—who left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome’s George Washington, the very model of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus, who turned back a challenge from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the Great, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who became a role model for generations of would-be Roman rulers. Here also are the intellectual and philosophical leaders whose observations on the art of government and “the good life” have inspired every Western power from antiquity to the present: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today.
 
Rome’s decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. With The Rise of Rome, one of our most revered chroniclers of the ancient world tells that tale in a way that will galvanize, inform, and enlighten modern readers.

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ISBN-13: 9781400066636
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Anthony Everitt, sometime visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture and is the author of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome. He has served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Everitt lives near Colchester, England’s first recorded town, founded by the Romans.

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The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Cicero63 More than 1 year ago
A very well written and easy to understand history of Rome, it covers all aspects of the foundation and rise of the Roman Kingdom and Roman Republic. My only complaint is the lack of maps, I kept having to flip to the front of the book every time a new region was described that I wasn't too familiar with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. A quick guide to all the "good stuff" in Roman history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blew my history teacher out of the water after reading everitts books. And he has his doctorate!
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Dori989 More than 1 year ago
I like to read about real things, but this is only facts and is not interesting at all to read.