The story of how Augustus rose from an obscure teenager to become Rome's first and greatest emperor.
Caesar Augustus schemed and fought his way to absolute power. He became Rome's first emperor and ruled for forty-four years before dying peacefully in his bed. The system he created would endure for centuries.
Yet, despite his exceptional success, he is a difficult man to pin down, and far less well-known than his great-uncle, Julius Caesar. His story is not always edifying: he murdered his opponents, exiled his daughter when she failed to conform and freely made and broke alliances as he climbed ever higher. However, the peace and stability he fostered were real, and under his rule the empire prospered. Adrian Goldsworthy examines the ancient sources to understand the man and his times.
A very fine story, very skilfully told - LITERARY REVIEW
Accomplished . . . a book to read avidly but also dip into, to enjoy the huge range of characters and the events - DAILY EXPRESS
Masterly - SUNDAY TIMES
Essential reading for anyone interested in Ancient Rome - INDEPENDENT
Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book,
The Roman Army at War was recognised by John Keegan, the general
Editor of The History of Warfare, as an exceptionally impressive work,
original in treatment and impressive in style. He has since written five
other books, to great acclaim.