Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus (2020)

Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus Lindsay Powell Marcus Agrippa Right Hand Man of Caesar Augustus Marcus Agrippa personified the term right hand man As Emperor Augustus deputy he waged wars pacified provinces beautified Rome and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana
  • Title: Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus
  • Author: Lindsay Powell
  • ISBN: 9781848846173
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus Lindsay Powell Marcus Agrippa personified the term right hand man As Emperor Augustus deputy, he waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana for the next two hundred years but he served always in the knowledge he would never rule in his own name Why he did so, and never grasped power exclusively for himselfMarcus Agrippa personified the term right hand man As Emperor Augustus deputy, he waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana for the next two hundred years but he served always in the knowledge he would never rule in his own name Why he did so, and never grasped power exclusively for himself, has perplexed historians for centuries In his teens he formed a lifelong friendship with Julius Caesar s great nephew, Caius Octavius, which would change world history Following Caesar s assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC, Agrippa was instrumental in asserting his friend s rights as the dictator s heir He established a reputation as a bold admiral, defeating Sextus Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus 36 BC , culminating in the epoch making Battle of Actium 31 BC , which eliminated Marcus Antonius and Queen Cleopatra as rivals He proved his genius for military command on land by ending bloody rebellions in the Cimmerian Bosporus, Gaul, Hispania and Illyricum.In Gaul Agrippa established the vital road network that helped turn Julius Caesar s conquests into viable provinces As a diplomat, he befriended Herod the Great of Judaea and stabilized the East As minister of works he overhauled Rome s drains and aqueducts, transformed public bathing in the city, created public parks with great artworks and built the original Pantheon.Agrippa became co ruler of the Roman Empire with Augustus and married his daughter Julia His three sons were adopted by his friend as potential heirs to the throne Agrippa s unexpected death in 12 BC left Augustus bereft, but his bloodline lived on in the imperial family, through Agrippina the Elder to his grandson Caligula and great grandson Nero MARCUS AGRIPPA is lucidly written by the author of the acclaimed biographies Eager for Glory and Germanicus Illustrated with color plates, figures and high quality maps, Lindsay Powell presents a penetrating new assessment of the life and achievements of the multifaceted man who put service to friend and country before himselfVIEWS A gripping, thoroughly researched and hugely impressive biography of a key player in the transition from the Roman Republic to Augustus s Empire Saul David, University of Buckingham, author of WAR From Ancient Egypt to Iraq Augustus ascent and reign are unthinkable without Marcus Agrippa Surprisingly, there has been no biography of Agrippa in English for some eighty years Powell s book admirably fills this gap and will be indispensable for anyone with a serious interest in this crucial historical period Karl Galinsky, University of Texas at Austin, author of Augustus Introduction to the Life of an Emperor Marcus Agrippa was one of history s most intriguing right hand men Few played a greater role in the emperor Augustus success In vigorous prose, and with a fingertip feel for Roman politics and war, Lindsay Powell brings Agrippa to life Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of Masters of Command Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership.
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  1. Betsy

    This book starts slow and has many confusing names so that it can be difficult to read, however, after Agrippa becomes a loyal follower of Octavius as a young man, then it picks up There are excellent maps which explain the movements of both men as they fight together and separately as they try to achieve dominance for Octavian, called Caesar after his great uncle, Julius Caesar, who is assassinated in 44 B.C.From then on, the two young men are inseparable even though Octavian is frequently ill, [...]

  2. Vicki Cline

    Octavian Augustus would probably not have been successful without his friend Marcus Agrippa They apparently met when they were teenagers and were together in Macedonia when word came of Julius Caesar s assassination and his adoption of Octavian They went to Rome against the advice of Octavian s mother and stepfather to collect the inheritance, meeting Marc Antony and Cicero, and getting involved in Roman politics Powell puts together ancient sources to tell the story of Agrippa s life It s quite [...]

  3. Steven Peterson

    A fine book I have read quite a number of books that mention Marcus Agrippa But references to him tend to be brief and not very illuminating What I knew He did great deeds in war and in peace He was Augustus right hand man He had no ambition to supplant Augustus But precious little beyond these broad statements This book, although not perfect, is a major step forward for my understanding of Agrippa.There is a lot of speculation One common gambit the author notes some event and then mentions that [...]

  4. Joy Ramlogan

    This is a fascinating historical perspective on one of the foundations of the successful Pax Augusta Marcus Agrippa, lifelong friend of Augustus Caesar and his commander in chief and loyal energetic help meet in designing the Roman peace It is a difficult book to put together as so little was written of Marcus Agrippa even though he was married to Julia, Augusta s only daughter His echoes are found on a multitude of buildings and traces of battles, both land and sea He died at age 51, having tra [...]

  5. Larry Van Bibber

    Very good biography about a very important man Augustus would not have achieved his greatness without Agrippa I did not realize how many desendants of Agrippa were such prominant citizens of Rome.

  6. Matthew

    It is hard to review this book I truly enjoyed it and felt the author did a wonderful job relating the history of Rome in the late 1st century BCE At the same time I think the book failed as a biography of Marcus Agrippa I don t blame the author for this There just isn t enough material to do this job However, the material he adds about Augustus and the transition of the Republic to the Principate may be the best description of what went on at this time that I have ever read I would also point o [...]

  7. John Warren

    not bad book on someone u hear very little about m Agrippa not to much know about this great man the author does bring some thought on the mans life but still alot that we just don t know about and alot that has been lost through time good read though lot footnotes though

  8. Mick Maye

    Excellent narrativeAn excellent and well written book on Augustus fight hand man I found the book extremely easy to read due to the way it was written The topics and story flow, highly recommended.

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