The only way to kindle the interest of a new generation in the Greek and Roman world... Holland paints a vivid social portrait of the Roman World
A modern, well-paced and finely observed history which entertains as it informs.
Holland has the rare gift of making deep scholarship accessible and exciting. A brilliant and completely absorbing study
Tom Holland's excellent new study of the fall of the Republic... re-evaluating Rome for a new generation
Explosive stuff...a seriously intelligent history... [written] with elan and gusto... It is a history for our times... Wickedly enjoyable.
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.