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Description - Augustus by John Williams

Augustus tells the story of Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen who, on the death of his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power of the Roman Empire. He is destined to rule that world astonishingly well, given the odds and intriques against him. He would later be known as Augustus Caesar (63B.C - 14A.D), the first Roman Emperor. hrough the use of fictional letters, memoranda and dispatches, we see how Augustus established his essential base of power and how he was continually obliged to put down, a subtle combination of force and guile, the challenges of such men as Cicero, Brutus, Cassius and finally, Mark Antony. he narrative mosiac John Williams has built on impeccable historical research brings Augustus vividly to life. Williams invests his characters with such profound humanity and treats them with such terrible honesty and compassion that we enter into their very lives and times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099445081
ISBN-10: 0099445085
Format: Paperback
(212mm x 130mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Williams

In addition to the National Book Award, John Williams has been recognized with numerous awards for his prolific literary work. Before retiring to Arkansas with his wife, Nancy, he taught at the University of Denver and directed the writing programme there. He died in 1994 at the age of seventy-one, survived by his wife, three children and four stepchildren.

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