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Marcus AgrippaAnd IllyricumIn Gaul Agrippa established the vital road network that helped turn Julius Caesar s conuests into viable provinces As a diplomat he befriended Herod the Great of Judaea and stabilized the East As minister of works he overhauled Rome's drains and aueducts transformed public bathing in the city created public parks with great artworks and built the original PantheonAgrippa became co ruler of the Roman Empire with Augustus and married his daughter Julia His three sons were adopted by his friend as potential heirs to the throne Agrippa's unexpected death in 12 BC left Augustus bereft but his bloodline lived on in the imperial family through Agrippina the Elder to his grandson Caligula and great grandson Nero MARCUS AGRIPPA is lucidly written by the author of the acclaimed biographies Eager for Glory and Germanicus Illustrated with color plates figures and high uality maps Lindsay Powell presents a penetrating new assessment of the life and achievements of the multifaceted man who put. A fantastic piece of work that manages to construct a pretty comprehensive overview of the life of Agrippa as well as his friendship and work with Augustus using a wide variety of historical sources

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Marcus Agrippa personified the term 'right hand man' As Emperor Augustus' deputy he waged wars pacified provinces beautified Rome and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana for the next two hundred years but he served always in the knowledge he would never rule in his own name Why he did so and never grasped power exclusively for himself has perplexed historians for centuries In his teens he formed a lifelong friendship with Julius Caesar's great nephew Caius Octavius which would change world history Following Caesar s assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC Agrippa was instrumental in asserting his friend s rights as the dictator's heir He established a reputation as a bold admiral defeating Sextus Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus 36 BC culminating in the epoch making Battle of Actium 31 BC which eliminated Marcus Antonius and ueen Cleopatra as rivals He proved his genius for military command on land by ending bloody rebellions in the Cimmerian Bosporus Gaul Hispania. Lindsay Powell tells us in his introduction that one of the reasons why he decided to write a biography of Marcus Agrippa was because the last one to be written was nearly 100 years ago Even then the total number of full biographies which survive can be counted on one hand This is poor representation for the man who wasn't just Augustus' right hand man but ended up being his legal eual Reading this biography two things become very clear 1 Powell is right A modern biography is very much needed for this very important man 2 There's a reason why no one has tackled it yet the source material available pales in comparison to other famous menThe difficulty with this biography is the same which plagued Powell in his biography on Drusus the Elder the source material is very limited and so a biography must become a Life Times treatment to satisfy a whole book But this is not a criticism rather an observation Powell is very thorough and has the time and space to include all literally all sources to craft his biography of M Agrippa We follow Agrippa from a young man through to the end of his life stopping along the way to address various aspects of his career where appropriate such as his building works his generalship and his family Unfortunately due to the lack of source material the most used phrases in this book are we don't know we can imagine that and it is likely The arguments that Powell makes to support these suppositions and best educated guesses for Agrippa's career are well supported in text and with a very robust end note section Perhaps the strongest part of this book is the final chapter where Powell is able to summarize the character and career of Agrippa through his building regime in his politics his fascinating relationship with Augustus his family and his impact on history It is with this summary that Powell can truly put aside all the we don't know for sure statements and write his convictions on what Agrippa's legacy was and is based on all the evidence presented If you aren't impressed by Agrippa by the end of this chapter you need to read the book again which you may do anyway because this book has enough detail to last a couple read throughsI will say that perhaps I bought a first edition of this book but it was riddled with editing errors not something I have seen in any other Powell books so was disappointed to see here There were missing words or wrong words and importantly factual errors that would be easy enough for a student of this period to notice but would be confusing to anyone else A prime example is Fulvia twice being referred to as M Antonius' sister rather than wife Awkward Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to remove another layer from Augustus' facade to see one of the most important men behind it Not a book for someone who is brand new to this era of history but for someone who has even a basic idea of what's going on will be well served to have this on their shelf

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Marcus Agrippa Summary ¶ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø Marcus Agrippa personified the term 'right hand man' As Emperor Augustus' deputy he waged wars pacified provinces beautified Rome and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana for the next two hundred years but he served always in the knowledge he would neverService to friend and country before himselfREVIEWS A gripping thoroughly researched and hugely impressive biography of a key player in the transition from the Roman Republic to Augustus's Empire' Saul David University of Buckingham author of WAR From Ancient Egypt to Ira Augustus' ascent and reign are unthinkable without Marcus Agrippa Surprisingly there has been no biography of Agrippa in English for some eighty years Powell's book admirably fills this gap and will be indispensable for anyone with a serious interest in this crucial historical period Karl Galinsky University of Texas at Austin author of Augustus Introduction to the Life of an Emperor Marcus Agrippa was one of history s most intriguing right hand men Few played a greater role in the emperor Augustus success In vigorous prose and with a fingertip feel for Roman politics and war Lindsay Powell brings Agrippa to life Barry Strauss Cornell University author of Masters of Command Alexander Hannibal Caesar and the Genius of Leadershi. This is a fascinating historical perspective on one of the foundations of the successful Pax Augusta Marcus Agrippa lifelong friend of Augustus Caesar and his commander in chief and loyal energetic help meet in designing the Roman peace It is a difficult book to put together as so little was written of Marcus Agrippa even though he was married to Julia Augusta's only daughter His echoes are found on a multitude of buildings and traces of battles both land and sea He died at age 51 having travelled the Roman world from East to West and in every way epitomising the self made man with high aspirations of virtue and improving public life I learned a lot about battle tactics the building of the aueducts and the system of sewers and bath houses and fountains and how public building were not only to be built but to be maintained Roman engineering and Marcus Agrippa's genius in assessing problems and bringing resources to bear in an organised and long term manner together with his ability to recognise and manage human resources are all outlined One of the uestions raised by Mr Powell which few have asked is that Agrippa had the popularity influence and wealth to challenge Augustus Caesar and he never did There is no whisper of any such disloyalty from those who mock his humble birth and his position as a self made man he was consistently loved and honoured by Augustus and maintained his place as second in command eschewing the triumphs voted in his honour The best construct in Mr Powell's final chapter is that if Rome were a modern day multinational corporation then Agrippa was the President and COO while Augustus was the Chairman and CEO Strange analogy but putting them together as they modernised their world and stopped the civil wars that tore Rome apart in their early yearsA well written and well researched history of an amazing Roman Very enjoyable