The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire by Anthony Everitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I am biased as I'm in love with Ancient Rome.
That being said, Anthony Everitt as an uncanny knack for intertwining historical lore with storytelling that leaves you pouring over the pages wondering what will happen next and what the consequences will be. His foreshadowing is great, his tie-ins are on point, and he's never off topic. Not to mention his sources, it's outstanding the amount of research this guy puts into his work. Well done!
Enough about the writer, though, what about the book?
The Rise of Rome follows the known history ancient Rome (noting when it's factual and when it is disputed) from the supposed roots of the Fall of Troy all the way up to when the Republic was replaced by the its first emperor, Augustus. Along the way, Anthony draws a careful line detailing not only how Rome could rise to the great power it did, but also noting which points and at what times the civilization sets dangerous precedents and will eventually lead to its demise.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I feel as though the USA is some modern day reincarnation of Ancient Rome. From the mix of honor and devotion to country along with wicked dealings and terrible contemptible treatment of supposed allies, the USA will cease to be a power if or when the government ceases to coexist with itself. Ancient Rome tumbled because the politicians became Generals and they could no longer tolerate their political enemies.
In the USA today, Democrats and Republicans rip each other down in words only, and so long as it stays that way and after every election the losers go home to follow along, we will not follow in Rome's footsteps.
And oh yeah, side note, I can not WAIT to visit Rome next month!
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