AUTHOR: Tom Holland
DATE PUBLISHED: 2003
DATE READ: September 2007
NOTES: Brilliant account of the period of the fall of the Roman republic. A serious (but not difficult) read infused with wit and insights. The narrative takes us from 140 BC to the death of Octavian (Caesar Augustus) in AD 14. A fascinating period of history that left me wanting to know more about lots of the characters – such as Sulla, Cato and Cicero. There are obvious parallels with modern societies but these are not laboured.
He creates a wonderful picture of Rome and its wonderful ideals that were never quite lived up to. Also had brilliant illustrations, maps and timeline.