By Matthew Dennison
An unforgettable depiction of the Roman empire on the peak of its strength and succeed in, and an elegantly sensational retelling of the lives and occasions of the twelve Caesars
One of the them was once an army genius, one murdered his mom and fiddled whereas Rome burned, one other earned the nickname "sphincter artist". Six in their quantity have been assassinated, devoted suicide—and 5 of them have been increased to the prestige of gods. they've got come right down to posterity because the "twelve Caesars"—Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. lower than their rule, from forty nine BC to advert ninety six, Rome was once remodeled from a republic to an empire, whose version of regal autocracy might continue to exist within the West for greater than 1000 years.
Matthew Dennison bargains a superbly crafted series of colourful biographies of every emperor, triumphantly evoking the posh, license, brutality, and class of imperial Rome at its zenith. yet in addition to vividly recreating the lives, loves, and vices of this motley staff of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an period of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, five-hundred-year-old political procedure and its alternative through a dictatorship which, opposed to the entire odds, succeeded extra convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing an enormous foreign landmass.
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