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The final years of the Roman republic are usually recounted from the top, through the eyes of the big winners and losers: Brutus, Mark Antony, Emperor Augustus. But The Last Assassin, a thrilling narrative history, tells the well-known history from an exciting new perspective. 

For 14 years after 44 BC, Cassius of Parma (Cassius Parmensis), one of the lesser-known assassins of Julius Caesar, watched from the wings as all of his coconspirators were murdered. He was a man of the Roman navy who chose every side in the empire's civil wars except the winning one; he was a playwright whose work was said to have been stolen by and published by the man sent to kill him; he is in the back row of the plotters, many of them Caesar's friends, who killed to prevent a tyranny. And although he was the most successful at evading the future emperor Augustus' revenge, Cassius has been little more than a historical footnote - until now. 

In telling the story of Cassius' flight from justice, The Last Assassin opens up a fascinating and well-known segment of Roman history from a new angle. The Battle of Actium, where Cassius fought on the losing side, decided the final civil war of the Roman republic - the empire established from Augustus' victory lasted until 1453. This book charts an epic turn of history through the eyes of an ordinary man, participating in a world-changing sequence of events. It's also a gripping story of fear, revenge and survival.

©2020 Peter Stothard (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Rather An Unusual Story

A story of events, names,, places and adventures. Apparently the source wrote it ten years after the events though I domt know the age of the manuscripts. My first book from classical times. I wouldn't read it again. I did however, enjoy the reader, would gladly listen to him again.