Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome

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Using timelines and illustrations throughout, this volume follows the succession of rulers of Imperial Rome.
These portraits of the emperors form the building blocks of an invaluable and highly readable popular history of Imperial Rome, brought to life using the colorful testimony of contemporary authors.

Using timelines and illustrations throughout, this volume follows the succession of rulers of Imperial Rome. These portraits of the emperors form the building blocks of an invaluable and highly readable popular history of Imperial Rome, brought to life using the colorful testimony of contemporary authors. 328 illustrations, 111 in color.

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Gilbert Taylor
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500050774
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Scarre is Professor of Archaeology at Durham University. He is a specialist in European prehistory with a related interest in the ancient Near East and the Classical world of Greece and Rome. He was editor and principal author of Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology (1995); more recently he co-authored Ancient Civilizations (with Brian Fagan, 3rd ed., 2007). He has directed and co-directed excavations at prehistoric sites in France, Portugal, and the Channel Islands, most recently exploring the prehistoric monuments of Herm (Guernsey). His current research interests include the study of archaeoacoustics and the color, origin, and symbolic significance of materials in the Neolithic monuments of Western Europe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Great Compendium

    This work pulls together many sources and summarizes them. It provides details and info on some of the more obscure rulers, especially during the chaotic 3rd Century A.D. and later empire. This book is a must for anyone interested in Ancient Rome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    A wonderful overview of every Roman Emporer

    Each chapter briefly overviews the biographical history of each of Rome's great and notorious emporer's. The fluidity of the text is marvelous as it not only tells the story of each individual but offers a succint history of Imperial Rome. I would recommend this book to anyone who is about to embark on a study of the Empire.

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