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Author: Adrian Goldsworthy Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: Tantor Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781494574161

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Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century, he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government—the Principate, or rule of an emperor.

Adrian Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus's rule, the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured, and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability.

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  • “Impressive…Mr. Goldsworthy…moves nimbly around other important evidence about Augustus’ life…The resulting life is, in one sense, deeply unified. This is a welcome corrective to traditional presentations.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • Perkins's narration introduces us to a man who changed his world utterly, ending a generation of civil war and transforming the decaying and corrupt Roman Republic into the greatest empire the world had yet seen.

    - AudioFile
  • “Goldsworthy’s true expertise is as a military historian, and this is what really gives his biography its strength and bite: his depiction of Augustus’ relationship with his legions is masterly.”

    - London Sunday Times
  • “Like Goldsworthy’s biography of Julius Caesar, this is essential reading for anyone interested in ancient Rome.”

    - Independent (London)
  • “[Goldsworthy’s] insights and inferences are superb throughout…Augustus is a first-rate popular biography by a skilled and knowing hand, a fine companion to Goldsworthy’s Caesar volume.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Adrian Goldsworthy’s substantial new biography…is a fascinating study of political life in ancient Rome, and the parallels with our own political system are numerous and interesting. But the discontinuities between America and the Roman Empire are just as revealing.”

    - Christian Science Monitor
  • “Historian and biographer Goldsworthy showcases his deep knowledge of ancient Rome in this masterful document of a life whose themes still resonate in modern times…The overall effect that Goldsworthy generates is of meeting a man whose life seems hardly distant from the modern experience. While ancient cultural practices can often feel foreign, the political motivations and machinations, the familial relations and emotions, ring as true today as at the turn of the Common Era.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “The narrative covers Augustus’ military and political efforts (Romans would see no divergence in these roles), what we can know of his interior life, and the world in which he dominated. Never shy to admit when scholars simply do not have enough evidence and ever willing to be critical of biased ancient sources, the author is a historian at his best. And Augustus is a subject worthy of such treatment, a man of contradictions—brutal and merciful, initiator of opportunistic civil wars, and establisher of lasting civil concord—who claimed to have found Rome in ‘mud bricks’ and ‘left it in marble.’”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Goldsworthy questions why Augustus has slipped off of many historians’ lists of great leaders, which include Julius Caesar, Alexander, Hannibal, and Hadrian. He provides plenty of reasons why he should be at the top of those lists.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “For all his importance, Augustus is often an enigma behind a classical façade. Goldsworthy’s Augustus reveals all the drama and detail surrounding Rome’s first emperor. Brimming with energy, scholarship, and wisdom, it is a history book to savor.”

    - Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership
  • “Goldsworthy peers like a master jeweler into the strange cold diamond at the heart of Roman history—the emperor Augustus—and reveals the whole Roman world reflected in its facets. But the book itself is warm with human sympathy, elegant writing, and the sheer joy and love of history it evokes in its reader.”

    - J. E. Lendon, author of Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity
  • “Unlike fiction, the narrator of nonfiction audiobooks is not expected to dramatize, interpret, or impersonate. The narrator should clarify, pronounce correctly, and then stay out of the way. Derek Perkins does this admirably, down to using the classical Latin pronunciations for most names. But certain names, such as Caesar, are too well known in their anglicized pronunciations to restore to the originals. Perkins’s narration introduces us to a man who changed his world utterly, ending a generation of civil war and transforming the decaying and corrupt Roman Republic into the greatest empire the world had yet seen.”

    - AudioFile


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Biographies and Memoirs

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About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate in ancient history from Oxford University. His first book, The Roman Army at War, was recognized by Sir John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

About the Narrator

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, as well as numerous Society of Voice Arts nominations. AudioFile magazine named him a Best Voice consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.