Rubicon - Tom Holland


By Tom Holland

  • Release Date: 2004-02-17
  • Genre: Ancient
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 64 Ratings)


A vivid historical account of the social world of Rome as it moved from republic to empire. In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.


  • Very thorough

    By Megwal
    I loved the book!
  • Phenomenal

    By meanplaya
    Buy this book, it's gripping and entertaining as it is educational and philosophical.
  • Wonderful

    By Basil II
    The perfect narrative and background for Romanofiles who want an entertaining read about the late republic.