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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.
In the year 44 BC, when Julius Caesar was killed, Augustus was a mere teenager who had been adopted into Caesar's household. His reaction to Caesar's death was to step forward and proclaim himself Caesar's rightful successor. The Senate did not take him seriously, but over the following months he raised his own army and, after defeating Mark Antony in battle, became one of the three most powerful men in Rome. He was not yet 20 years old. Over the next ten years he consolidated his power in Rome, and finally overthrew the last of his rivals in 31 BC. From that moment on Rome became an empire, and Augustus its first emperor. This is the story of how one man rose to become the most powerful man in the world, and stabilised an empire that had been racked by decades of civil war. Augustus's achievements, and his legacy, are almost unparalleled. Like Julius Caesar, he presided over a huge expansion in wealth and territory. Like Caesar he was honoured by having a month of the year named after him. But unlike Caesar he was able to keep hold of power for over 40 years, and bequeath the empire, whole, to his successors.
The third novel in the series sees new challenges for the men of the 106th Foot, as the British army attempts to recover from the disaster of Corunna and establish a foothold in the Peninsula. Featuring the battles of Medellin and Talavera, the 106th will have their mettle severely tested on the battlefield. But if Napoleon is to be ejected from Spain, war must also be waged in more covert ways. For Hanley, the former artist who is a more natural observer than fighter, the opportunity to become an 'exploring officer' leads him into even more dangerous territory, the murky world of politics and partisans. And while Ensign Williams seeks to uncover the identity of the mysterious 'Heroine of Saragossa', a conspiracy of revenge within the regiment itself threatens to destroy him before he's even faced a shot from the French.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. August 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Stripping the story of its Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton overtones, Adrian Goldsworthy goes back to available evidence to tell the true story of Antony and Cleopatra. He is an ideal guide to the political complexities of the time, the dynastic jostling, the power struggles and ambitions. In his hands, Antony and Cleopatra transform from legend to reality.Like for Like ReadingHow to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Mark CollierThe Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Ian Shaw The Lovereading view... In this absolutely fascinating biography, based exclusively on ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Goldsworthy exposes many myths and gives us a fresh and truer account of these two iconic people. Did you know Cleopatra was Greek not Egyptian and that rather than being a bluff soldier it was Antony’s political skills that made him irresistible to Queen of the Nile? Read the opening extract and you will be hooked.
Throughout this book Goldsworthy keeps an impressive focus on Caesar as a man - putting the great leader in the context of the late Roman Republic but not slipping into an exhaustive account of Roman politics or the events that followed his legendary murder. What makes this biography so compelling are the well-contrasted traits in Caesar's character: he was fair but brutal, vain but willing to admit mistakes, a high-minded politician but a serial adulterer. Best of all, Goldsworthy reminds us, Caesar is as intriguing and enigmatic today as any other figure in history.
The greatest conflict of antiquity, the struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage. The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome. An epic of war and battle, this is also the story of famous generals and leaders: Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, Scipio Africanus, and his grandson Scipio Aemilianus, who would finally bring down the walls of Carthage.
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