Ars Technica chats with historian Barry Strauss about his new book, The War that Made the Roman Empire.
Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian fought for control of the Roman Empire at Actium. We tell the story.
The grandeur and the decadence, the cunning and the brutality, the surprising prominence of imperial women in a man’s world, and the practical wisdom that allowed Rome to maintain its rule over millions for centuries before finally losing its grip in the West: it’s all there in one book. Ten Caesars – now one of Amazon’s choices for best books …
Was it war, crime or a self-inflicted wound? It was, in any case, the greatest battle between Caesar and Pompey, and it took place here, at Pharsalus, Greece, in 48 BC.