The Twelve Caesars

The Twelve Caesars

The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome

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Baker & Taylor
A vividly detailed retelling of the lives and times of the Roman emperors traces how their reigns marked Rome's shift from a republic to an influential empire, offering a sequence of biographies that offers insight into the political and social dynamics of each ruler's time. By the author of The Last Princess.

McMillan Palgrave

An unforgettable depiction of the Roman empire at the height of its power and reach, and an elegantly sensational retelling of the lives and times of the twelve Caesars

One of the them was a military genius, one murdered his mother and fiddled while Rome burned, another earned the nickname "sphincter artist". Six of their number were assassinated, two committed suicide—and five of them were elevated to the status of gods. They have come down to posterity as the "twelve Caesars"—Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Under their rule, from 49 BC to AD 96, Rome was transformed from a republic to an empire, whose model of regal autocracy would survive in the West for more than a thousand years.

Matthew Dennison offers a beautifully crafted sequence of colorful biographies of each emperor, triumphantly evoking the luxury, license, brutality, and sophistication of imperial Rome at its zenith. But as well as vividly recreating the lives, loves, and vices of this motley group of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an era of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, five-hundred-year-old political system and its replacement by a dictatorship which, against all the odds, succeeded more convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing a vast international landmass.



Baker
& Taylor

A retelling of the lives and times of the Roman emperors traces how their reigns marked Rome's shift from a republic to an influential empire, offering a sequence of biographies that offers insight into the political and social dynamics of each ruler's time.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250023537
125002353X
Branch Call Number: 937.07 D423t
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm

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Basileus
May 14, 2014

Just like the author's previous book "Livia: Empress of Rome" the author presumes the reader is an expert on Roman history right down to the minor details which only academics may be familiar with. So the writer goes from anecdote to anecdote in no particular chronological order, which can make things confusing to a casual reader of Roman history. Somehow he even manages to make the salacious tales from Tacitus and Seutonius come across as dull and boring. This was a hard book to slog though.

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