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From Augustus to Romulus Augustulus, this colorful album astutely surveys 500 years of contesting and holding the imperial purple. Scarre directs the story along two main routes: the surviving annals of classical historians like Tacitus, Suetonius, or Eusebius, and photographic features of the outstanding buildings put up by the emperors, such as Vespasian's Colosseum. The result is a text winding around many interesting sidebars, maps, and busts of emperors, rendering an effect attractive both to those who know the Roman saga by heart and to those whose ideas of it came from the I, Claudius TV series. The temptation to classify the rulers as good or bad, to which the TV show succumbed, is one Scarre successfully resists by pointing out the senatorial or Christian biases of the contemporary historians. In any event, the job of First Citizen, whether capably or incompetently discharged, came with a high mortality rate, which Scarre delineates, as numerous ignominious endings mark civil wars and dynastic successions. With its accent on visuals and well-paced prose, this tome is well tuned to public library needs. Gilbert Taylor
Use this as a companion for history classes: the reign-by-reign record the rulers of Rome creates a detailed account of the rise and fall of emperors, providing both a historical timeline and biographical portraits of each. A coin portrait accompanies each outline of major events and emperor influences. -- Midwest Book ReviewSee all Editorial Reviews
LOVE IT GREAT BOOK THANKS FOR SUCH GREAT SERVICE WILL DO BUSINESS AGAINPublished 2 months ago by marvin ruiz
I read a lot of history, and whenever Roman emperors were mentioned, my knowledge felt a little lacking. Read morePublished 11 months ago by VA 6
Curious about those crazy Roman Emperors? Were the rumors about Nero and Caligula true? This book will tell you everything you wanted to know.Published 12 months ago by thecryptile
This presents a fact sheet and text for each emperor from Augustus in 27BC to the retirement of the last one in the West in 476AD. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gderf
This is a quick reference source about the roman emperors and who did what as well as about their personalities.Published 16 months ago by Popim
This is an excellent history book. It is well organized and a useful reference work for projects and information purposes. It is well enough written to be an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hayley Keeton
Beautiful book with fantastic pictures. If you want to learn more about this period in history, I highly recommend. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Beenie
I enjoy collecting and tearing all of the books in this educational series. Every School and Public Library should have these available for their patrons for research and... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Jodie90210