56 of the extraordinary characters whose lives were the defining threads in the great adventure and final tragedy that was the Roman Republic, from Scipio Africanus, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and the less well known, such as Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus ‘the Delayer’ and Cato the Censor.
In this history we see the best and worst of the Roman élite – superstitious, brutal and utterly uncompromising, but often men of great honour and principle. There are anecdotes from Roman historians, such as Polybius, Livy and Cicero and special features on subjects such as the Etruscans, gladiators and the Roman relationship with Egypt (and Cleopatra). There are timelines throughout, plus genealogical trees and numerous sidebars.
This is a highly readable and authoritative account of a fascinating historical period.