Holland has the rare gift of making deep scholarship accessible and exciting. A brilliant and completely absorbing study.
This is the best one-volume narrative history of the Rome between King Tarquin and Emperor Augustus I have ever read. The story of Rome's experiment with republicanism - peopled by such giants as Caesar, Pompey, Cato and Cicero - is told with perfect freshness, fine wit and true scholarship.
A modern, well-paced and finely observed history which entertains as it informs.
Explosive stuff...a seriously intelligent history... [written] with elan and gusto... It is a history for our times... Wickedly enjoyable.