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The Roman History: The Reign of Augustus (Penguin Classics)

The Roman History: The Reign of Augustus (Penguin Classics)
Author: Cassius Dio
ISBN 13: 9780140444483
ISBN 10: 140444483
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1987-07-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $18.00

It is Dio who brings to life for us the unrest and conspiracies, the struggles over the imperial succession, the prodigies and portents, the military campaigns all the way from Ethiopia to Yugoslavia. He shows us the ruthless power-seeking as the 400-year-old republic finally collapsed and makes a great set-piece of the battle of Actium - where Augustus defeated Antony and Cleopatra to become master of the world. He also inserts fictionalized speeches into his narrative, which offer his own profound political reflections or dramatize the many different attitudes to the emperor. The fascinating debate between the great general Agrippa and Maecenas (the patron of Horace and Virgil) on the merits of republicanism and monarchy confronts issues which are still very much alive today.