The Rise of Rome, : The making of the World’s Greatest Empire
Anthony Everitt

The Rise of Rome, : The making of the World’s Greatest Empire

Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries BC, Rome grew to become the ancient world’s preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome’s rise to glory into an erudite page-turner filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome’s shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome’s imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end unimaginable and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic , and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its borders.

Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans – and non-Romans -who  left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: they include the legendary Cincinnatus, Rome’s George Washington; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus who defeated the Carthaginian Hannibal; and Julius Caesar who finally brought down the Republic.

Here too are the intellectual leaders whose ideas on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today.

Book Details:

  • Author: Anthony Everitt
  • Published Year: 2013
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Head of Zeus
    • US: Random House
    • Italy: Hoepli
    • Holland: Ambo
Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt was Deputy Secretary-General of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1985 to 1990 and Secretary-General from 1990 to 1994. Formerly he was Visiting professor of the Visual and Performing Arts at Nottingham Trent University. His fascination with ancient Rome began when he studied classics at school. He is the author of Cicero, a Turbulent Life; Augustus, The Life of Rome’s First Emperor; Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome; The Rise of Rome; The Rise of Athens; Alexander the Great and, with his co-author Roddy Ashworth, SPQR, A Roman Miscellany and Nero, Matricide, Music ...
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Book Reviews

  • "Fascinating history and a great read."
    Chicago Sun-Times
  • "An engrossing history of a relentlessly pugnacious city’s 500-year rise to empire."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "Rome’s history abounds with remarkable figures. . . . Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism."
    The Dallas Morning News
  • "[A] lively and readable account . . . Roman history has an uncanny ability to resonate with contemporary events."
  • "Elegant, swift and faultless as an introduction to his subject."
    The Spectator
  • "[An] engaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end."
  • "A riveting, magisterial account."
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