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Spartacus: Rebellion

Spartacus: Rebellion

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1848092334
Pages: 404
Year: 2012
When we left Spartacus at the end of THE GLADIATOR, he had swept all before him, quelling rebellions from rival commanders within his slave army and defeating every force Rome could throw at him. Now, however, Crixus, the powerful leader of the Gauls, disagrees violently with Spartacus's strategy - to march north, over the Alps and thence home. Gaul for Crixus and Thrace in northern Greece for Spartacus. Crixus - over-confident after their stunning victories - wants to march on Rome itself, convinced that they can bring their former masters to their knees. This disagreement leads to Crixus splitting off with his men and being annihilated by the Romans. It perhaps also signifies the first fatal weakening of Spartacus's position. But his march north towards the Alps goes smoothly and the way looks open for escape - which makes all the more puzzling the decision now made by Spartacus to turn back and go south again. He settles for the winter near Thurii - thus really throwing down the gauntlet to Rome. He and his slave army have shredded the armies of three praetors, two consuls and one proconsul with apparent ease. The rebellion has become war - to the bitter end. Marcus Licinius Crassus is the man tasked with the destruction of the great slave general and to that end he sets out to trap Spartacus in the toe of Italy by means of an immense trench, which stretches literally from sea to sea, cutting his enemy off from the rich lands of the north which they would have been able to raid for winter provisions. Spartacus tries to escape via Brindisi by sea, but the port is heavily garrisoned. The trap is closing, and at some point in the spring of 71 BC, a major battle is fought in north-west Lucania and Spartacus is finally defeated, apparently slain along with 60,000 slaves. But the body of Spartacus is never found and a legend persists that he escaped to fight another day.
The Silver Eagle

The Silver Eagle

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466815035
Pages: 480
Year: 2011-03-15
"A gripping blend of history, battles, gore, ancient politics, betrayals, consummate and casual cruelty, and sex....a pleasure for those who like history and great adventure." —Library Journal on The Forgotten Legion Trapped in Parthia by Crassus's failed invasion, ten thousand legionaries are captured and marched to the edge of the known world—these men are the Forgotten Legion. Among them are Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius, all men with troubled pasts and good reason to hate Rome. Together the trio must face the savage tribes that surround them as well as the more treacherous enemies within the ranks of the legion itself. The three friends' character will be tested to the utter limit as they struggle to find a way back to Rome. Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus' twin sister, fights to survive and maintain hope in her brother's survival. Freed by her powerful lover but beset by enemies on all sides, she must travel to Gaul to find her lover, Caesar's right-hand man, where Vercingetorix threatens the life and the lives of all who rally around Caesar.
Hunting the Eagles

Hunting the Eagles

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409052222
Pages: 400
Year: 2016-03-24
From 'the rising star of historical fiction' (Wilbur Smith) a new Eagles of Rome novel, by the Sunday Times bestselling author of Eagles at War. JUSTICE , HONOUR, REVENGE AD 14: Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three legions in the wilds of Germania. Demoted, battle-scarred and hell-bent on revenge, Centurion Tullus and his legionaries begin their fightback. Ranged against them is the charismatic chieftan Arminius, determined to crush the Romans for a second time. Convinced that the eagle belonging to his old legion is close at hand, Tullus drives ever deeper into enemy lands. But with Arminius and his warriors closing in on the Romans, a murderous battle is about to begin...
The Forgotten Legion

The Forgotten Legion

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466815043
Pages: 544
Year: 2010-01-05
Set in the late Roman Republic, in the first century B.C.E., The Forgotten Legion is a tale of the greatest empire of the ancient world from the perspective of those on the lowest rungs of its society. Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery to a enslaved mother who is much beloved by them, and much abused by their owner. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines. Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome and trained by the last haruspex in the forgotten arts of divination. A runaway slave, then an AWOL Legionaire, he has a long foretold destiny that will take him to the very ends of the known world. Brennus is a Gaul from the Allobreges tribe. In the battle against the Roman army, his entire family, perhaps his entire tribe, is slaughtered, and only he survives to be sold as a slave to be trained as a gladiator. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge. The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds - survivors of one of the most legendary battles in Roman military history and destined to become part of one of the most compelling, enduring legends: The Forgotten Legion.
Ethos and Education in Greek Music

Ethos and Education in Greek Music

Author: Warren D. Anderson
Publisher:
ISBN: 0674729234
Pages: 316
Year: 1966-02-05

Child of the Enlightenment

Child of the Enlightenment

Author: Arianne Baggerman, Rudolf Michel Dekker
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004172696
Pages: 553
Year: 2009-01-01
A diary kept by a boy in the 1790s sheds new light on the rise of autobiographical writing in the 19th century and sketches a panoramic view of Europe in the Age of Enlightenment. The French Revolution and the Batavian Revolution in the Netherlands provide the backdrop to this study, which ranges from changing perceptions of time, space and nature to the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and its influence on such far-flung fields as education, landscape gardening and politics. The book describes the high expectations people had of science and medicine, and their disappointment at the failure of these new branches of learning to cure the world of its ills.
Arturo's Island

Arturo's Island

Author: Elsa Morante
Publisher:
ISBN: 1631493299
Pages: 384
Year: 2019-02-19
Once considered the greatest writer of Italy's postwar generation--and admired by authors as varied as John Banville and Rivka Galchen--Elsa Morante is experiencing a literary renaissance, marked not least by Ann Goldstein's translation of Arturo's Island, the novel that brought Morante international fame. Imbued with a spectral grace, as if told through an enchanted looking glass, the novel follows the adolescent Arturo through his days on the isolated Neapolitan island of Procida, where--his mother long deceased, his father often absent, and a dog as his sole companion--he roams the countryside and the beaches or reads in his family's lonely, dilapidated mansion. This quiet, meandering existence is upended when his father brings home a beautiful sixteen-year-old bride, Nunziatella.A novel of longing and thwarted desires, filled with Morante's "brutal directness and familial torment" (James Wood), Arturo's Island reemerges in this splendid translation to take its rightful place in the world literary canon.
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome

Hannibal: Enemy of Rome

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250001153
Pages: 496
Year: 2014-05-27
A brilliant young Carthaginian general's vengeance-based assault on the Roman victors of the First Punic War enmeshes a distinguished soldier's son and a Roman equestrian's son in a fateful adventure marked by slavery and friendship. 30,000 first printing.
Spartacus: The Gladiator

Spartacus: The Gladiator

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466802669
Pages: 480
Year: 2012-06-05
"Gritty, passionate and violent, this thrilling book is a real page-turner and a damn good read. It brings Spartacus—and ancient Rome—to vivid, colorful life." —Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire Long the stuff of legends, Spartacus is known to most modern readers through the classic Kubrick film version of Howard Fast's novel. Now bestselling historical novelist Ben Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus—Roman army auxillary, slave, gladiator and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees. Ben Kane's brilliant novel begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus has returned after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the Roman army. Jealous of his attachment to Ariadne, a Dionysian priestess, the Thracian king betrays Spartacus to the Romans who take him, along with Ariadne, into captivity and to the school of gladiators at Capua. Against the background of the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life, Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters. They escape and flee to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train an army of escaped slaves that will have to face the conquerors of the known world, the most successful deadly army in all of history in a battle that will set in motion the legend that is Spartacus.
Fields of Blood

Fields of Blood

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: Preface Publishing
ISBN: 1848092377
Pages: 432
Year: 2013
The fields of Cannae provide the setting for one of the bloodiest battles in history. But who will triumph? Hannibal and his warrior army, or the mighty legions of Rome. By Ben Kane, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome. Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues as he marches south to confront his enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. But a stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played as Rome's generals seek to avoid confrontation. Eventually the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun. The place is Cannae - the fields of blood. The battle will go down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, a battle in which Hanno knows he must fight as never before - just to stay alive.
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon

Author: Diana L. Paxson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101098767
Pages: 384
Year: 2006-10-03
Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved Avalon saga continues with the dramatic story of the ancestors of Avalon, from their life on the doomed island of Atlantis to their escape to the mist-shrouded isle of Britain.
The Silver Eagle

The Silver Eagle

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409050416
Pages: 640
Year: 2009-11-10
The Forgotten Legion fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world - and lost. Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive. Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus's twin sister, is caught up in the vicious eddies of Roman politics. Hunted by slave catchers she flees, hoping to find her lover, Brutus, bound for Alexandria with Caesar. Ben Kane's brilliant second novel plunges his characters into a cauldron of war and terror, as Caesar and the Roman Republic hurtle towards their day of reckoning.
The Road to Rome

The Road to Rome

Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1848090161
Pages: 608
Year: 2011-01-20
The third novel in The Forgotten Legion trilogy takes the main protagonists from North Africa back to Rome in the build-up to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Having survived the perils of a journey across half the world, Romulus and Tarquinius are press-ganged into the legions, which are under imminent threat of annihilation by the Egyptians. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus' twin sister Fabiola lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy. Back in Egypt, Romulus fights at Zela, the vicious battle where Caesar famously said, 'Veni, vidi, vici'. Tarquinius, separated from Romulus in the chaos of war, hides in Alexandria, searching for guidance. But mortal danger awaits them both. From the battlefields of North Africa and Spain, to the lawless streets of Rome and the gladiator arena, they face death daily, until on the Ides of March, the twins are reunited and must decide either to back or to betray Caesar on his day of destiny.
The Risorgimento Revisited

The Risorgimento Revisited

Author: Silvana Patriarca, Lucy Riall
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230248004
Pages: 303
Year: 2012
What was the appeal and the tropes of national-patriotic discourse in nineteenth-century Italy? How did Romanticism intersect with nationalist politics? Why did a young man or woman become a patriot, join a nationalist movement and, if necessary, fight and die for the cause? By addressing these and other questions, the innovative essays of this collection provide fresh and topical perspectives on a central period in modern Italian history. Beside confronting the narrative of 'Risorgimento', its gendered tropes, and the actual experiences of men and women, the authors approach neglected areas of investigation on the Risorgimento - from the relationship between religion and the nation to the connections with the issue of empire and the aspirations of other peoples in the Mediterranean region. An important contribution to our understanding of Italian and more generally European nationalism, this volume also enlightens current discussions about the role of patriotism and the nature of nationalism in present-day Italy.