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Fascinating, Factual, and FANTASTIC!
on July 26, 2012
In addition to Schiff's Cleopatra and Freeman's Julius Caesar, I will happily add Galinsky's Augustus to my list of recommended Ancient Rome reads. The biography is an interesting tale of a sickly small town boy thrown into a political mess who rises to the occasion, with the drama and flair of ancient life, naturally. I was impressed by the amount of primary source references, quotes, and pictures, which assisted in my visualization of this 2050 year old man. Most importantly, this biography transforms Augustus the statue to Augustus the living human being, a mark of an excellent biographer. Galinsky has created a wonderful read for Ancient Rome expert and enthusiast alike.