Impact on Leadership, Culture, Society and Politics in the Roman World

When Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March 44 BC there began a struggle for power between his heir and adopted son, the 19-year-old Octavian, and the consul Antony, a struggle that was to culminate fifteen years later in Octavian’s sole and undisputed domination of the whole of the Roman world.

This is the story of those turbulent years:
a time of wars fought and of treaties made and broken;
arranged marriages, very public love affairs and bitter divorces;
acts of unimaginable brutality and others of surprising leniency;
propaganda and the manipulation of public image;
murder, terror and betrayal;
punitive taxation, and innocent people dispossessed of their homes and forced to flee their country.

Above all, it is the story of a leader whose profound impact on the Roman world can be fully understood only by examining the way in which he rose to power.

Presented in an easy-to-read format, this account of the main events of the transitional period between the Roman republic and the time of the Roman Emperors, is supplemented with specially prepared maps, explanatory notes, a chronology, and brief details of all those who are referred to in the text.

Of particular value to students of Classical Studies is the inclusion, at the end of each chapter, of short quizzes designed as useful revision aids, and a series of guiding-concept questions which focus attention upon the impact which the historical events had upon the nature of leadership and on cultural, social and political circumstances in Rome and the Roman sphere of influence.