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  • An unequalled biography

    Harry Mount, Spectator
  • Masterful ... a breathtaking panorama of Roman politics at a crucial turning point in history

    Simon J. V. Malloch, Literary Review
  • Jochen Bleicken's biography of Rome's first emperor is excellent on the young Octavian and his wheeling and dealing

    Natalie Haynes, Independent
  • A superb account ... It should become standard reading for everyone interested in the foundations of the Roman empire

    Peter Jones, BBC History Magazine
  • Worthy, authoritative, magisterial and impressive

    The Times

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