By Tom Holland.
The transformation of a small state ruled by kings into a power which dominated the known world is one of the most remarkable stories in history.
Tom Holland's gripping account of the Roman Republic's triumph and fall is abridged by the author and read by Tim Pigott-Smith.
The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history.
What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up as a power ruling the known world.
This abridgement paints a vivid and enthralling picture of the Republic at the height of its greatness, and the events which would bring about the catastrophe of its fall.
It was a political system rooted in the rejection of individual power, in which the struggles for supremacy of a few powerful men heralded its ultimate fall.
It schooled its citizens to temper their competitive instincts for the common good, and yet acted as a voracious predator on the states and nations around it.
Pompey, Julius Caesar and his arch-enemy the stern Cato all appear in this story of the Republic as they compete to become masters of Rome.
Meanwhile, down the coast at Baiae, the libertine hostess Clodia Metelli presides over parties whose fame spreads far and wide.
At the heart of the story is Caesar, who brings Gaul under Roman rule, and then takes the fateful decision to cross the Rubicon and march on the city which made him great.