From Armageddon to the Fall of Rome: How the Myth Makers Changed the World
In the Mediterranean, the most fought-over region in the world, the figures of potentates and conquerors appear god-like: Thutmosis, Leonidas, Xerxes, Pyrrhus, Hannibal, Caesar and Vercingetorix. Ancient history, from Pharaonic Egypt and the Shahs of Persia, to the Golden Age of Greece and the conquests of Alexander the Great and his dream of universal brotherhood, is dominated by these incredible characters. And then comes Rome, the supreme political event of ancient history and the world's first superpower.
From Armageddon to the Fall of Rome is the story of myth makers. Brave and reckless, intelligent and foolish, lucky and ill-fated, their battles were won and lost by ruse, trickery, chance, stupidity and by unsurpassed military brilliance. This was the crucible of civilisation, when a single conqueror could change the world. Erik Durschmied analyses seventeen of ancient history's most fascinating and brutal battles, some of which have been almost forgotten, but all of which changed the shape of the world and set the borders of our future.
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