- Series: Chronicles
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500289891
- ISBN-13: 978-0500289891
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome (Chronicles) 1st Edition
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“A fine chronicle which will prove hard to put down.”
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It is also true that the author does a fine job of identifying bias in the reports of the most common sources of this history, so that this book provides a history that acknowledges the reports of both pagan and Christian historians, but does not blindly accept what either group has to say about emperors who they either demonize or deify. This is a very worthwhile practice, and so overall the book is a very helpful primer for a novice on the subject.