The last years of the Roman Republic are more relevant to us today than the eventual decline of the Empire.
It was a society that seems strangely familiar to us in the 21st Century, a society powered by ambition and avarice.
A society of smooth-talking career politicians who easily manipulated the gullible electorate, an expanding, self-corrupting bureaucracy, bribery, an ever increasing chasm between rich and poor, and the mind-boggling wealth that a handful of men reaped from military conquests and the new imperial possessions.
Above all, the concentration of wealth and of military might in the hands of a few powerful families. Familiar, yes. Absolute power was too great to resist.
A Cast of Crazed and Crazy Characters from Cato to Caesar
The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness – the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall.
It’s a story of incomparable drama. This was the century of Julius Caesar, the gambler whose addiction to glory led him to the banks of the Rubicon, and beyond; of Cicero, whose defence of freedom would make him a byword for eloquence; of Spartacus, the slave who dared to challenge a superpower; of Cleopatra, the queen who did the same
Rubicon spans the climactic last forty years of the Republic, and the rise of Caesar and Octavian are covered in this engrossing, detailed and highly readable narrative history.
You will meet Sulla, Pompey, Cicero, Cato, grasp their importance, and along the way come across crazy characters such as the patrician beauty, Clodia Metteli.