As I read this book I was transported back to my university days when I was constantly taking notes but it is different here because I have resorted to 3M post- it notes which practically cover every page whenever an appropriate sentence or word has struck me. He was a daring leader who knew how to influence people. Through his own popularity, and in opposition to the will of the senate he succeeded 43 B. Qui, e a seguire, rappresentazioni scultoree di Gaio Giulio Cesare Ottaviano Augusto, il primo imperatore romano, dal 27 A. Augustus was such an instrumental figure in Roman history, though he is often overlooked in popular memory in favour of the more turbulent and often shocking times that came before and after his reign of relative stability. Παρά τον όγκο του και παρά το θέμα του, το βιβλίο είτε το πιάνεις και ξεχνάς να το αφήσεις, είτε μπορεί να το έχεις στην άκρη για μέρες και μέσα σε μια-δυο προτάσεις να έχεις ξαναμπεί στο κλίμα του. My accuser was my father.
On display is the worst of human vice and depravity: the desire for wealth, power, glory, excess, violence — balanced by concerns of duty, order, honour, family, and love. So is the case with Augustus. I don't know how John Williams does it, but he makes ancient Roman history interesting! There are a lot of characters in here, many of whom I recognised like Marcus Antonius who we know as Mark Anthony and of course Cleopatra queen of Egypt, Brutus and Cicero, Ovid and Horace the poets. He defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 and subsequently gained control over Rome and its extensive territories. The story was told in the form of letters and journal entries, and out of chronological order.
I was very excited about this story, but admittedly I was also very sceptical about it being told through letters. Augustus also ensured that his image was promoted throughout his empire by means of statues and coins. I enjoyed it, and I'm intensely drawn to this period of our temporal journey, but, in the end, something was just slightly. None of us moved; Antonious stood at the prow of his ship as if he were a carven figurehead, looking after his departing Queen. He was , chief priest of Roman state religion. It's impossible for me not to make comparisons with William's prior novel Stoner, which I finished recently and thought was a masterpiece. As I read this book I And yet a third perfect book by this inimitable author who was working at the very height of his powers.
Io ringrazio Williams per non aver giocato col lettore ingannandolo come spesso si fa creando false aspettative ma confessando la verità dell'immaginazione. The hope was that he would desert Egypt and Cleopatra to become a true Roman again, and the need was to inspire citizens ground down by years of war and civil war. I think what makes this period of history so compelling is how well it encapsulates the human struggle. Για αυτό και δεν τον αφήνει να μιλήσει ο ίδιος για τον εαυτό του παρά μόνον στο τέλος, όταν ξέρει πως θα πεθάνει. Ο Ιούλιος Καίσαρας δολοφονείται κι εμείς παρακολουθούμε τα επακόλουθα μέσα απο επιστολές και αναμνήσεις διαφόρων ατόμων που έζησαν απο κοντά όλη τη μάχη που έδωσε ο νεαρός Οκτάβιος για να φανει αντάξιος της κληρονομιας και του ονόματος που του άφησε ο θετός του πατέρας.
Williams' particular talent allows him to create an epistolary work with numerous voices that are individually unique Marc Antony's entries were my favorite and were written exactly how I envisioned he would write. In the same year he entered into a pact with Antony and Lepidus by which it was agreed that for five years they would control the affairs of. Όσο ψηλά και αν βρίσκεται κανείς στη σκάλα της εξουσίας, δε διαφέρει σε αντιδράσεις και αισθήματα από αυτόν που βρίσκεται στην άλλη μεριά της σκάλας. Surrounded b A brilliant and beautifully written novel in the tradition of Robert Graves, Augustus is a sweeping narrative that brings vividly to life a compelling cast of historical figures through their letters, dispatches, and memoirs. Several years later I accepted that sacred office when he at last was dead who, taking advantage of a time of civil disturbance, had seized it for himself, such a multitude from all Italy assembling for my election, in the consulship of Publius Sulpicius and Gaius Valgius, as is never recorded to have been in Rome before. Yet the choice for expressing the viewpoint of a few of these personages was questionably made: for instance, Marcus Agrippa was an exact contemporary of Octavius Caesar, a stolid, earthy individual who proved a remarkably successful and competent general and lifelong trouble-shooter for his boyhood friend, married eventually to Julia and seemingly destined to have his own blood flow in the Imperial line; and yet his only entries are selections taken from an unfinished memoir, written to carefully uphold conventionally cherished, propagandistic truths while keeping an honorable distance between sovereign and soldier. The history of Rome plays out like the struggle of man against his own nature, and the rise of Rome itself represents in many ways the triumph of civilization over barbarism flawed though this interpretation may be.
Fans of Williams' Stoner and Butcher's Crossing will find plenty to love; the author's recognizable compact writing style and rich imagery are on display throughout this book. They revived proscriptions -- a ruthless extra-legal means of padding their treasury, and pursued those who had killed Caesar. E ho creato alcuni personaggi cui la Storia non fa cenno… Tranne poche eccezioni, i documenti che formano questo romanzo sono inventati… Ma se in questo lavoro sono presenti delle verità, sono le verità della narrativa più che della Storia. In many of these battles, Octavian's friend and general, Marcus Agrippa, led his troops into battle. It is exciting to see the power struggles in the Roman Empire, especially in the first half of the book. Σπάνια διαβάζω δυο βιβλία απο τον ίδιο συγγραφέα σε τόσο σύντομο χρονικό διάστημα αλλά δεν μπόρεσα να αντισταθώ στη γοητεία της αρχαίας Ρώμης με την οποία ασχολείται ο Γουίλιαμς σε αυτό το βιβλίο και συγκεκριμένα με την γέννηση της Ρωμαϊκης Αυτοκρατορίας και την ζωή του πρώτου αυτοκράτορα Οκταβιανού.
In fact, I do not believe that this could have been achieved in any other way. Fans of Williams' Stoner and Butcher's Crossing will find plenty to love; the author's recognizable compact writing style and rich imagery are on display throughout this book. I'd advise starting with Stoner if you're going to tackle Williams, but it's hard not to recommend this book wholeheartedly too. Congressman from Florida Augustus Caesar Dodge, U. Often, if you like one book by a specific author, it's safe to assume that if you pick up another, you will be served something similar - in topic, tone or language. Together, these writings make a choir of voices that encompasses the whole of Augustus' life. Ο Williams για άλλη μια φορά δίνει μια τίμια απεικόνιση ενός γεγονότος και ενός προσώπου, όχι φανταστικού όπως ο Στοουνερ.
It makes for the best endings, and some of the best writing I've read. While Stoner is mostly a campus novel and Butcher's Crossing a western, Augustus is an epistolary novel on the rise and reign of Gaius Octavius, John Williams' three novels are distinctly different from each other. Augustus Waters was so Gallant and Loving in that movie. Μια μυθιστορία της εποχής και της ζωής του Οκταβιανου Καίσαρα μέσα από τις επιστολές, τα ημερολόγια και τις σημειώσεις προσώπων της εποχής. Το μυθιστόρημα κρατά αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη, που ξέρει και δεν ξέρει την ιστορία: γνωρίζει τα βασικά ιστορικά γεγονότα και πρόσωπα, αλλά η ανάλυση των κινήτρων, των τρόπων, των προσωπικοτήτων είναι τόσο βαθιά, που φαίνεται σαν να διαβάζει μια άλλη καινούργια εκδοχή. He launched a major building program, and in Rome, paid for many projects from his own personal wealth. It is the title which he received from the Senate 27 B.
Security and rapidity of intercourse were obtained by means of many new highways. There would have been few people who could have provided a more accurate picture of the human being wrapped within the imperial monarch than Agrippa, but he delivers nothing we could not find in the Res Gestae Divi Augusti or Cassius Dio. Αν και ο ίδιος ο συγγραφέας στην εισαγωγή λέει πως «αν υπάρχουν αλήθειες σε αυτό το έργο, είναι μάλλον οι αλήθειες της λογοτεχνίας παρά της Ιστορίας», ο Γουίλιαμς είναι πολύ προσεκτικός και χρησιμοποιεί τα ιστορικά πρόσωπα όπως τους πρέπει. Εν κατακλείδι , το προτείνω σε όλους όσους αποζητούν ένα καλό βιβλίο για να κουρνιάσουν μαζί του στον καναπέ παρέα με ένα ποτηράκι κρασί. The different narrators make this book what it is. Unfortunately, this book is the last of the three I've read. Invece, proprio questa struttura è consona a dipingere l'immagine di un personaggio come Ottaviano Cesare Augusto.