January 23, 2016

THE COURSE:

Robert Harris recommends 6 books about the final years of the Roman republic (Robert Harris, January 23, 2016, The Week)

Rubicon by Tom Holland (Anchor, $17). The best modern single-volume account of the last 30 years of the republic. In his 2003 book, Holland provides vivid character sketches of the era's political leaders, including that fascinating, inflexible Roman neocon, Cato the Younger, who inspired a generation to fight tyranny and helped lead it to disaster.

Cicero by Anthony Everitt (Random House, $17). Everitt's 2001 biography is the best at illuminating the life of a man who can lay claim to being the world's first professional politician.


I'd add Adrian Goldsworthy's Caesar : Life of a Colossus.  But all of the Anthony Everitt bios are good and I'm listening to Rubicon on the dog walk and it's tremendous. 

Posted by at January 23, 2016 8:24 AM

  

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