[the Life of Rome's First Emperor]

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Imperator Caesar Augustus was one of the greatest figures of one of mankind's greatest ages. As Rome's first emperor, he transformed the unruly Roman Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of the Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations, literally, for all of Western history to come. Yet Augustus himself remains a shadowy figure. Much has been written about his achievements, but his inner world has remained remarkably obsure. Now at least we have a book that brings this momentous figure to life.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2006
ISBN: 9781428115316
Branch Call Number: COM 937 923e
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (15 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Curless, John


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Jan 26, 2017

I liked it but it wasn't enough. I understand that much of what we know about Ancient Rome is supposition, especially in regards to an individual but somehow this book almost came across as all supposition. Was it the way he wrote it?? Do we really know so little??
This book concentrates on the early life of Augustus. His childhood, his rise to power and his consolidation of that power. It dwells on very little in depth, making it a good overall perspective on the making of the emperor but not good for the later years or the details of his personal family, which can get quite complicated. It does attempt to address some of the rumors and assumptions of poisonings and murder but never really manages to dispel them.
This is a great beginning to learning about this era of Roman history but should not be the end.


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