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Caligula: Divine Carnage: Atrocities of the Roman Emperors (Solar Blood History) Paperback – August 15, 2006

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"The greatest history of Caesaral carnage ever written" - Bizarre Magazine"

About the Author

Stephen Barber is a noted cultural historian and the leading authority on Antonin Artaud. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including: Burning World, the biography of Edmund White; Tokyo Vertigo; and Artaud: Blows And Bombs. Born in the UK, he now lives in LA working on a project for the Getty. He was once described by the UK’s Independent newspaper as "the most dangerous man in Britain" .

Jeremy Reed has won all the major poetry prizes in Europe and his Collected Poems were published by Penguin Books. He now writes novels and critical studies, having written over fifty books. He has been called The British Rimbaud by Edmund White, and "England’s greatest visionary" by J G Ballard.

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Product Details

  • Series: Solar Blood History
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Solar Books; Revised edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971457816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971457812
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The other reviewers have the right of it, this book is complete garbage. Having read the original moralizing historians and their heady descriptions of sex and violence I am astonished to find that they were topped in this book! Considering how extreme Romans could be when writing of their political enemies that takes some work. A lot of these stories are made up and have no basis even in contemporary slander. The dotting the i with blood is particularly neat. As a previous reviewer has pointed out the Romans didn't even HAVE a lowercase letter i. Were I a more cynical man I might question the author's devotion to truth. As it is I can only recommend that you read this book. Surprise! My God it's amusing! But for any sort of historical purposes it's best to remember that this book is nothing but a work of fiction.
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While a highly entertaining albeit disturbing book to read I am sorry to say that this is in no way a work of non-fiction, wikipedia is more historically accurate then this tittilating orgy of violence, hedonism and sexual decadence shaped into a book. Word to the wise if you find a (supposed) history book that lacks a bibliography and a citation list don't trust it. Caligula: Divine Carnage is 155 pages and lacks any citations...I wrote as an undergrad a 40 page paper with over 100... That should be a hint. In fact one of the few sources the authors noted on was the newly found Butrine Caligula, which was never found because it did not exist.

For a time while reading I thought it was a catalog of Roman contemporary derogatory stories of past Caesar but after fifty or so pages I realized the entire book was a croc of s*** purposefully absurd in order to sell copies. Any Historian with any skill in research even without prior knowledge of Rome should be able discern this crap. Luckily for me I did not buy it but found it in a library...I am seriously thinking of throwing it in the trash.

If you want more bashing of this book: (...)
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This is worth reading for entertainment. It is not boring by any stretch and you may find that you finish this book far sooner than you would have thought.

The authors do not offer any real proof of any claim within. The stories of the excessive emperors are too fantastical to be true.

The book has all the charm of a Hollywood movie. It is exciting, grotesque, shocking, and sinfully enjoyable.

I did not purchase this book for its historical accuracy. That being said, it is as enjoyable as watching a gladiator movie.
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Power like this is impossible to phantom today
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This book tells the story that most will not believe.From buggery and incest to
to bird heads for diner. This book was hard to close.Now I can't find enough books
on CALIGULA.........This book will leave you wanting more and more on the subject
from 200 BC to 100 AD.. E N J O Y
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