Marcus Agrippa: Right-hand Man of Caesar Augustus

Pen and Sword Military - He proved his genius for military command on land by ending bloody rebellions in the Cimmerian Bosporus, Gaul, Hispania and Illyricum. In gaul agrippa established the vital road network that helped turn Julius Caesar's conquests into viable provinces. He established a reputation as a bold admiral, defeating sextus Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus 36 BC, culminating in the epoch-making Battle of Actium 31 BC, which eliminated Marcus Antonius and Queen Cleopatra as rivals.

Surprisingly, there has been no biography of Agrippa in English for some eighty years. Following caesar's assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC, Agrippa was instrumental in asserting his friend's rights as the dictator's heir. As emperor augustus' deputy, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, he waged wars, and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana for the next two hundred years – but he served always in the knowledge he would never rule in his own name.

Marcus Agrippa: Right-hand Man of Caesar Augustus - Few played a greater role in the emperor Augustus' success. Marcus agrippa personified the term 'right-hand man'. Why he did so, and never grasped power exclusively for himself, has perplexed historians for centuries. In his teens he formed a life-long friendship with Julius Caesar's great nephew, Caius Octavius, which would change world history.

In vigorous prose, and with a fingertip feel for Roman politics and war, Lindsay Powell brings Agrippa to life. Barry strauss, hannibal, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Cornell University, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership.

Augustus Cæsar

Endeavour Compass - Firth will introduce you to a man of conviction, of strength, of arrogance and tyranny. And you will meet augustus Cæsar, a man whose thirst for power drove him to become the most powerful man on earth. The man who took Rome from a city to an Empire. He had climbed to power over the dead bodies of those who stood in his path.

When julius cæsar died there were two men who could have succeeded him: Antonius and Augustus. For a while it seemed as though both could rule together, but when Antonius started his affair with Cleopatra, his hold on the reigns of Rome grew weaker and allowed Augustus to take control. A complex man, a politician and a dictator, Augustus was in turn both a womaniser and a puritan, a soldier and a peace-maker.

Augustus Cæsar - His reign began with bloodshed but it ushered in a new world. In this book, John B.

The Roman Emperor Aurelian: Restorer of the World

Pen and Sword Military - Without aurelian, the 'Dark Ages' would probably have lasted centuries longer. This is a new, revised edition. As the time for the expected dissolution approached in the middle of the third century AD, the empire was lapsing into chaos, with seemingly interminable civil wars over the imperial succession. Yet within the space of just five years, later emperor Aurelian had expelled all the barbarians from with the Roman frontiers, re-united the entire empire and inaugurated major reforms of the currency, the general, pagan religion and civil administration.

His achievements enabled the Roman Empire to survive for another two centuries, ensuring a lasting legacy of Roman civilization for the successor European states. His accomplishments have been hailed by classical scholars as those of a 'superman', yet Aurelian himself remains little known to a wider audience.

The Roman Emperor Aurelian: Restorer of the World - The ancient sibylline prophecies had foretold that the Roman Empire would last for 1000 years. Barbarians took advantage of the anarchy to kill and plunder all over the provinces. The western empire had seceded under a rebel emperor and the eastern empire was controlled by another usurper.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Random House - . Here are the legendary leaders: akhenaten, ” who with his wife nefertiti brought about a revolution with a bold new religion; Tutankhamun, the last of whom presided over the militarism, the “heretic king, whose dazzling tomb would remain hidden for three millennia; and eleven pharaohs called Ramesses, lawlessness, and corruption that caused a political and societal decline.

Wilkinson offers a highly readable, factually up-to-date account. The wall street journal   “Wilkinson writes with considerable verve. With a literary flair and a sense for a story well told, Mr. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson takes us inside a tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt - . Filled with new information and unique interpretations, unforgettable characters, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt is a riveting and revelatory work of wild drama, bold spectacle, and sweeping history. New york times bestseller • “magisterial. He is nimble at conveying the sumptuous pageantry and cultural sophistication of pharaonic Egypt.

The new york Times. A rich portrait of ancient Egypt’s complex evolution over the course of three millenniums.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Random House - The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, cathedrals, a glittering age of crusades, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. What Ms. No one has ever done this better. The new york review of Books   “A beautiful, extraordinary book. In this revelatory work, Barbara W.

Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, taxes, and clergy alike. A great book, in a great historical tradition. Commentarynote: This edition does not include color images.

Tuchman does superbly is to tell how it was. Granting her subjects their loyalties, saints and mystics, grocers and clerks, lawyers and mercenaries, treacheries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, and guilty passions, university scholars, ” a “terrible worm in an iron cocoon.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Praise for a distant mirror   “Beautifully written, careful and thorough in its scholarship. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Guns of August—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval Europe.

The Collapse of Rome: Marius, Sulla and the First Civil War

Pen and Sword Military - Roman armies had marched victoriously over enemies far and wide, but the Roman heartland was soon to feel the tramp of armies on campaign as the Republic was convulsed by civil war and rival warlords vied for supremacy, sounding the first death knell of the Republican system. At the centre of the conflict was the rivalry between Marius, victor of the Jugurthine and Northern wars, and his former subordinate, Sulla.

This narrative and analysis of a critical and bloody period in Roman history will make an ideal sequel to the author's Crisis of Rome and a prequel to his first book, The Defeat of Rome. By the early first century bc, the Roman Republic had already carved itself a massive empire and was easily the most powerful state in the Mediterranean.

The Collapse of Rome: Marius, Sulla and the First Civil War - But, as gareth sampson points out in this new analysis, the situation was much more complex than the traditional view portrays it and the scope of the First Civil War both wider and longer.

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes: The Ancient World Economy & the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia & Han China

Pen & Sword History - The roman empire and the silk routes investigates the trade routes between Rome and the powerful empires of inner Asia, and the Kushan Empire which seized power in Bactria Afghanistan, including the Parthian Empire of ancient Persia, laying claim to the Indus Kingdoms. The first book to address these subjects in a single comprehensive study, The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes explores Rome’s impact on the ancient world economy and reveals what the Chinese and Romans knew about their rival Empires.

. Though they were matched in scale, the Han surpassed its European rival in military technology. Further chapters examine the development of Palmyra as a leading caravan city on the edge of Roman Syria. Having established a system of central Asian trade routes known as the Silk Road, the Han carried eastern products as far as Persia and the frontiers of the Roman Empire.

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes: The Ancient World Economy & the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia & Han China - A fascinating history of the intricate web of trade routes connecting ancient Rome to Eastern civilizations, including its powerful rival, the Han Empire. Raoul mclaughlin also delves deeply into Rome’s trade ventures through the Tarim territories, which led its merchants to the Han Empire of ancient China.

Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire

Pen and Sword Military - The second details the lives of ricimer 455-472 and his great rival Marcellinus 455-468 by focusing on the stories of the numerous emperors that Ricimer raised and deposed. Patricians and emperors offers concise comparative biographies of the individuals who wielded power in the final decades of the Western Roman Empire, from the assassination of Aetius in 454 to the death of Julius Nepos in 480

The third deals with the patricians gundobad 472-3 and Orestes 475-6, as well as explaining how the barbarian general Odoacer came to power in 476. The book is divided into four parts. The final part outlines and analyses the Fall of the West and the rise of barbarian kingdoms in France, Spain and Italy. This is a very welcome book to anyone seeking to make sense of this chaotic, but crucial period.

Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire - The first sets the background to the period, including brief histories of Stilicho 395-408 and Aetius 425-454, explaining the nature of the empire and the reasons for its decline.

Constantine the Great

Endeavour Compass - Constantine’s conversion to christianity – the first of any Roman Emperor – caused shockwaves across the Roman world, and it is this that makes this period such an exciting and important area of study. John B. Firth, oxford, authored several other titles including Augusts Caesar, studied closely vast and numerous original authorities, a scholar of Queen’s College, all of whom, he jokes, ‘were bitter and malevolent partisans’.

Her prestige sank to the vanishing point. Firth, questions whether constantine really did deserve his epithet ‘the Great’ in real life, in a grounded approach to the period, leaving it to his readers to make up their own minds. With the truth thus so distorted by personal agendas and decayed through the annals of time, Firth made it his priority to meticulously research with an impartial eye in order to produce the most historically accurate account.

Constantine the Great - Constantine the great is wonderful feat of scholarship, and a must-read for any Roman enthusiast. On every side the frontiers were being pierced and the barriers were giving way. Constantine the great is a fascinating and in depth historical examination of the reorganisation of the Empire after its catastrophic fall, and the subsequent triumph of the Christian Church.

What he does assert, though, is that under Constantine’s auspices, one of the most momentous upheavals in history took place.

The First World War: A Complete History

RosettaBooks - It also left behind new technologies of death: tanks, planes, and submarines; reliable rapid-fire machine guns and field artillery; poison gas and chemical warfare. It introduced u-boat packs and strategic bombing, unrestricted war on civilians and mistreatment of prisoners. The great war left millions of civilians and soldiers maimed or dead.

Instabilities were institutionalized, enmities enshrined. It would end officially almost five years later. In its wake, monarchies fell, empires toppled, whole populations lost their national identities as political systems and geographic boundaries were realigned. Unofficially, it has never ended: the horrors we live with today were born in the First World War.

The First World War: A Complete History - One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century. The new york times Book Review  . Most of all, the war changed our world. It was to be the war to end all wars, and it began at 11:15 on the morning of June 28, 1914, in an outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire called Sarajevo.

A stunning achievement of research and storytelling” that weaves together all the major fronts of the Great War Publishers Weekly. And the social order shifted seismically. And in all these ways, the twentieth century can be said to have been born on the morning of June 28, 1914.

Maximinus Thrax: Strongman Emperor of Rome

Pen and Sword Military - This is an accessible narrative account of the life and times of one of Rome’s most remarkable emperors. As emperor he campaigned across the Rhine and Danube for three years until a rebellion in Africa triggered a civil war. Maximinus was a half-barbarian strongman ‘of frightening appearance and colossal size’ supposedly over seven feet tall.

. From humble origins he rose through the ranks, achieved senior command during the invasion of Persia in 232 and ultimately became Emperor due to a military coup in 235.