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THE BIRTH OF ROME
- In a world that had only known the rule of kings comes Rome, the first republic in the history of the world!
- Two thousand years before the American Revolution there was another great struggle for freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law: that struggle produced the Roman Republic.
- In the tradition of James Michener, Robert Graves and Colleen McCullough, Richard Reilly breathes life into a pivotal segment of history and draws real flesh and blood characters onto the modern stage
- The story of the founding of the Roman Republic includes such famous vignettes as The Rape of Lucretia and Horatius Defending the Bridge. But underlying the famous legends is a story of real people struggling to find their own identity, who eventually overthrow foreign domination and assume control of their phenomenal destiny.
- You will build the Roman Forum, march with Rome's legions, fight a great sea battle, visit the Cave of the Sibyl, and travel to Delphi to consult the Oracle. You will meet Etruscans, Sabines, Euboean Greeks, Latins, Samnites and Carthaginians. You will learn how the Romans came to worship their gods, work bronze and iron, wear a toga, use Greek letters, and build their cities.
- Underlying all is the true story of romance and intrigue. Tanaquil, the lovely Etruscan soothsayer, marries Lucumo and contrives to make him the first king. She will also conspire to set the second king upon the throne. But the third king turns out to be a tyrant, and it falls upon the shoulders of Brutus to banish the king and establish a government of the people. Will the king let go of his throne so easily? Will the Carthaginians let Greek traders push into their sphere of influence? Will Rome prevail over the Latin Confederation? The answers will be found on the pages of this informative and heartfelt novel.
"Many know about the Fall of the Roman Empire, but few know the true story of the Rise of the Roman Republic. This novel brings that story to life!"
"A must-read for students of history and lovers of epic adventure alike."