Revealing, surprising, interesting
I knew little about ancient Rome and the government and this was very revealing about how tht govenment was navigated and dominated by Octavian (Ceasar Augustus) and why no one ws able to rule efectively after him.
HOw hard he tried to set up a successor and how it all fell apart
I think this will clear up many misconceptions that many poeple have about ancient Rme.
I don't know why everyone seems to adore this book, but it's clear that none of them know anything about the time period and individuals in question. So take it from someone who studies this stuff at a graduate level. This book was TERRIBLE!!! Everitt, the author, was blatantly biased about nearly every character discussed and he constantly made up information where ancient sources provides none. Additionally, Everitt takes anything the ancient sources say as fact, even if the author was writing over 100 years later or was a political opponent of the individual under discussion or was in the employ of that individual. The mess of inaccuracy and assumption that results from this poor scholarship was so cringeworthy that I couldn't even make it through the third chapter. Don't waste your money/credits on this junk.
Very impressive book. I know it is long...very really good. I like it. I am sure you will enjoy it. I wish Cicero on Audible.
Its one of the best that I have listened to so far. The performance was great...very pleasurable to listen to. The information was easy to understand and follow...I definitely learned a lot.
His tone was very pleasant and it seemed as if he was talking to me as opposed to reading.
Nothing to note of as far as laughing or crying. Just fascinating information about real people from history.
The story of Augustus is brought alive by Everitt very successfully. Full of stories of power, manipulation, dirty politics, deceit, and brutality. The futile attempts to leave a legacy by extending his lineage was the most net resting part to me.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
It is just one great amazing adventure for a book to be able to delve two millenia in the past and yet pull out enough facts to give us the non-fiction treasure that this book is. However, for a person like myself who is not an historian, the result shows, only too much, that most of what's happened has been forever lost in the ashes of time. As compared to modern there is an incredible lack of context to explain why characters do what they do. Personal lives are mostly undocumented except for some bragging and a lot of gratuitous libel which may, or may not, be true. No formal documents have survived and sources are only biased hearsay. Any personal background is, by necessity, reduced to stereotypes. For those who know well modern history, the lack of specific explanations as to why people like Augustus can simply declare wars, raise armies, even before they get absolute power, leaves oneself rather confused.
The same is true of ancient battles. Almost nothing has survived time and, with little left to fill the blanks, warfare in the ancient time seems to be a simple trade-off between troop quality and numbers. On some occasion, however, the analysis shines; as example, it is truly enlightening as it carefully attemps to break the myth of Marc Anthony's infatuation with queen Cleopatra or her later "suicide". This is yet far, far too little to capture anyone's interest except those that are personally marked by the topic.
Anthony Everitt's Augustus is one of the most developed and three dimensional portraits I've read on Caesar Augustus. Everitt is insightful without being pedantic, and not afraid to give his opinion in filling in the historical gaps. Another excellent biography that is as entertaining as his biography of Hannibal.
Well narrated, very enjoyable. Does a good job of describing the transition of Roman society from Republic to Empire. Lengthy discussions of Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Interesting insights into family relations/politics after the death of Anthony.
There are so many reasons why this is one of my favorite books. Consider something like "Game of Thrones" and "Gladiator", but REAL history. Every aspect of humanity is touched.
I learned so much about what Roman life was like, I actually felt like I was watching events unfold at some points.
It's like a continious string of emotions.
Octavians wife during his funeral.
I laughed a lot many times. Shocked many other times.
Definitely yes - great history well delivered.
The recording had some flaws; I think patch sessions were recorded with a different mic, and poorly inserted, leading to volume discrepancies that distracted from the reading.