Crossing The Rubicon: Caesar's Decision And The Fate Of Rome
by Luca Fezzi
- The Ancient World
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The ultimate crisis of the Roman Republic
When the Senate ordered Julius Caesar, conqueror of Gaul, to disband his troops, he instead marched his soldiers across the Rubicon River, in violation of Roman law. The Senate turned to its proconsul, Pompey the Great, for help. But Pompey’s response was unexpected: he commanded magistrates and senators to abandon Rome. The consequences were devastating for the Roman Republic.
In this new history, Luca Fezzi argues that Pompey’s actions sealed the Republic’s fate. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including Cicero’s extensive letters, Fezzi shows how Pompey’s decision shocked the Roman people, severely weakened the city, and set in motion a chain of events that allowed Caesar to take power.
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|Release Date:||January 7, 2020|