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.
A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, From Julius Caesar to the Fall of Romeby Michael Kerrigan
Five of the first eleven emperors of Rome were assassinated, and another two killed themselves rather than face the fury of their subjects. Nero sang while Rome burned. Caligula proclaimed himself a god. If not mad enough already, he also gave one of his horses a place on the senate. Rome rejoiced when many emperors died, only to find that they hated the next one
Five of the first eleven emperors of Rome were assassinated, and another two killed themselves rather than face the fury of their subjects. Nero sang while Rome burned. Caligula proclaimed himself a god. If not mad enough already, he also gave one of his horses a place on the senate. Rome rejoiced when many emperors died, only to find that they hated the next one just as much.
From the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the fall of Rome in 476 A.D., A Dark History: The Roman Emperors presents a wry and witty look at five centuries of Roman mayhem, murder, incest, infanticide, sadism, sexual depravity and madness. Featuring such notorious names as Claudius, Tiberius and Commodus, this book retells all of the most salacious and eye-opening accounts of imperial misdeeds, drawing on many original Roman sources.
Illustrated with striking images of the protagonists and their deeds, from ancient statues to medieval engravings and renaissance masterpieces, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors is an entertaining and visually spectacular account of the skullduggery behind the scenes of the greatest empire the world has ever known—and the hubris that came with it.
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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.
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.
i learned stuff that i did not know about.all the chapters have great facts about the emperors.
Perfect for a young adult. Numerous typing erros. Too many pictures [at least 2 on every page]. Deviation from ancient sources in a few areas. Good for a rainy day, or once again a young adult. Not to be taken too seriously by a "professional" or seasoned historian. Gives a person THE BASICS, all you need really.