Rubicon: het einde van de Romeinse Republiek
On a dark January morning, Julius Caesar, the governor of Gaul, rode with his closest aides towards a river named the Rubicon, which marked the line of the frontier with Ancient Italy. A governor was forbidden to lead troops out of his allotted province—to break this severest of laws was tantamount to a declaration of civil war. Caesar was a gambler, however. Like the cons...more
The Romans had a word for such a moment Discrimen, they called it--an instant of perilous and excruciating tension, when the achievements of an entire lifetime might hang in the balance. The career of Caesar, like that of any Roman who aspired to greatness, had been a succession of such crisis points. Time and again he had hazarded his fu...more
Rubicon being the first contemporary scholar's work I read on...more
The narrative is structured in a zoom in/out fashion. The author quickly covers in the first part of the book from the beginnings of the republic until the...more
It also appears that in the aftermath of the Republic it was Augustus who served as the origins of Conservatism, welding self-interest with tradtional ideals onto the unwashed.
I wholeheartedly recommend this one for enthusiasts (his spin on thi...more
Carlin was right, Rubicon treated the topic exhaustively, but the narrative flow was superb. At times it was like reading a political soap opera. The characters were amazingly well-rounded. No one came off as a total villain or sa...more
Lock up your women
Our commander's bad news
He may be bald
But he'll fuck anything that moves
Seriously, excellent reading for anyone interested in this era.
Much of Holland's narrati...more
In that vein, Tom Holl...more
I can see why some like the book. It tells the story of some of the most important characters of the classical world. Many reviewers write that the last third of the book is the most exciting, but I couldn't get through the first few hund...more
This,too, was really interesting and, as several of the reviews on the book remark, the narrative was gripping/compelling,etc. ALL True.
The strength of the book, for me, was that subject/period of Roman history is quite complex and somewhat confusing since my study of the period (c. 140 BCE to 14 AD) tended to be through deep dives into specific parts, e.g. Caesar's Commentaries, Spartacus' Revolt, Catiline's...more
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Holland was born near Oxford and brought up in the village of Broadchalke near Salisbury, England. He obtained a double first in English and Latin at Queens' College, Cambridge, and af...more