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The Eagle and the Lion

Rome, Persia and an Unwinnable Conflict

Adrian Goldsworthy



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03 October 2023
The Eagle and The Lion is a story of the imperial rivalry between two of the greatest empires of the ancient world – how they rose and eventually fell.

The Roman empire shaped the culture of the western world against which all other great powers are compared. Stretching from the north of Britain to the Sahara, and from the Atlantic coast to the Euphrates, it imposed peace and prosperity on an unprecedented scale. However, the exception lay in the east, where the Parthian and then Persian empires ruled over great cities and the trade routes to mysterious lands beyond. This was the place Alexander the Great had swept through, creating a dream of glory and conquest which tantalised Greeks and Romans alike. Caesar, Mark Antony and a long succession of emperors longed to follow in Alexander's footsteps. All failed. Only here did the Roman empire slow down and eventually stop because it was unable to go any further.

Following seven centuries of conflict that ultimately, neither Rome nor Persia would win, The Eagle and The Lion delves into the clash, context and journeys of these entities of great power and the people caught in their wider struggle.

Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781838931957
ISBN 10:   1838931953
Pages:   640
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Adrian Goldsworthy studied at Oxford, where his doctoral thesis examined the Roman army. He went on to become an acclaimed historian of Ancient Rome. He is the author of numerous works of non fiction, including Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors, Caesar, The Fall of the West, Pax Romana, and Hadrian's Wall.

Reviews for The Eagle and the Lion: Rome, Persia and an Unwinnable Conflict

PRAISE FOR PHILIP AND ALEXANDER: 'As successful in meeting its ambitions as Philip's kingship, as sweeping as Alexander's conquests' Tom Holland. 'Belongs on the (sturdy) shelf of any reader interested in military, political or social history' Minerva Magazine. 'By pairing the two giants of Macedonia, Goldsworthy helps the reader understand Alexander's life all the better, and sheds light on the achievements and character of Philip' Aspects of History. 'Sterling scholarship, engaging prose, insightful analysis, and unbiased assessment' -- Victor Davis Hanson

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