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DYNASTY The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

DYNASTY
The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar 
Rome reached its hour of greatest glory, and greatest crimes, in the age of the earliest Augustan Emperors: Augustus himself; cruel and paranoid Tiberius; crazed Caligula, and mad Nero. Here is the whole gruesome story of the dynasty steeped in its own blood.
Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the known world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. 'Augustus,' their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

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Product Code: 25282
Author: Tom Holland
ISBN: 9780349123837
Format: Softback 512 pages + plates Published Price £9.99
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