A Dark History: The Roman Emperors: From Julius Caesar to the Fall of Rome

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From the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the fall of Rome in A.D. 476, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors reveals the adultery, incest, profligacy, sadism, and insanity of Rome’s 500-year empire, including:

  • A.D. 40 Caligula orders his troops to collect seashells as the “spoils of war”
  • A.D. 54 The bumbling Claudius, who had his nymphomaniac third wife killed, was ...
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Overview

From the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the fall of Rome in A.D. 476, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors reveals the adultery, incest, profligacy, sadism, and insanity of Rome’s 500-year empire, including:

  • A.D. 40 Caligula orders his troops to collect seashells as the “spoils of war”
  • A.D. 54 The bumbling Claudius, who had his nymphomaniac third wife killed, was murdered himself by his fourth wife, his niece
  • A.D. 64 Nero sings and plays the lyre while Rome burns
  • A.D. 192 The megalomaniac Commodus is assassinated by his wrestling partner Narcissus
  • A.D. 193 Rome’s Year of Shame: the office of Emperor is put up for sale to the highest bidder
  • A.D. 238 Six emperors hold the throne in one year —five were murdered
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435132771
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Series: A Dark History
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 196,630
  • Product dimensions: 9.68 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kerrigan is the author of The History of Death, Who Lies Where: A Guide to Famous Graves and Greece and the Mediterranean (part of the BBC Ancient Civilizations series). He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    A must read for any student of Roman History.

    I gave this book five stars because it most certainly deserves it. It gives a good solid overview of Roman history while focusing on the deeds and personalities of the emperors. I thoroughly enjoyed the various pictures the book has along with historical trivia that you can share with others in conversation. It is the type of book that you cannot simply just read once.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Interesting, easy read

    After visiting Rome I wanted to learn about Roman history. This book is a quick overview of the Roman Emperors with many ilistrations and side bars. It made me want to learn more about Roman history and caused me to get a more detailed book on the anchient history. I highly recommend anyone who is going to visit Rome to read it before they go.

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