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Emperors of Rome
Emperors of Rome: The Story of Imperial Rome from Julius Caesar to the Last Emperor | David Potter
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The Emperors of Rome charts the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through profiles of the greatest and most notorious of the emperors, from the autocratic Augustus to the feeble Claudius, the vicious Nero to the beneficent Marcus Aurelius, through to the maniac Commodus and beyond. Interwoven with these are vivid descriptions of sports and art, political intrigues and historic events. In this entertaining and erudite work, acclaimed classical scholar David Potter brings Imperial Rome, and the lives of the men who ruled it, to vivid life.
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Great high level introduction to Roman history from the viewpoint of the Emperors, with brief synopsis of Rome culture from architecture, gladiators, economy and society. You won‘t become an expert but you will gain enough understanding to appreciate the vastness that was Rome. If you‘re going to Rome for a holiday, you could easily read this on the plane ride and still have time for a movie or two.