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

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Thames & Hudson, Feb 1, 2012 - History - 240 pages
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This is a highly readable history and a unique work of reference. Focusing on the succession of the rulers of imperial Rome, it uses timelines with at-a-glance visual guides to each reign and its main events. Biographical portraits of the 56 principal emperors from Augustus to Constantine, together with a concluding section on the later emperors, build into a highly readable single-volume history of imperial Rome. Biographical information is illustrated with busts of each emperor, coin portraits, battle plans and cutaway diagrams of imperial monuments. Supporting datafiles for every emperor list key information such as name at birth, wives and children, full imperial titles and place and manner of death. Genealogical trees and over 90 sidebars and special features on subjects ranging from Neros Golden House to Diocletians Palace allow the reader to delve even deeper. Colourful contemporary judgments by such writers as Suetonius and Tacitus are balanced by judicious character assessments made in the light of modern research. The famous and the infamous Caligula and Claudius, Trajan and Caracalla receive their due, while lesser names emerge clearly from the shadows for the first time. Chronicle of the Roman Emperors is at once a book to be enjoyed as popular history, an essential work of reference, and a source of visual inspiration, bringing to life one of the most powerful and influential empires the world has ever known. A valuable volume providing a nice blend of information and entertainment Teaching History Marvellous New Scientist

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

User Review  - Lora Shouse - Goodreads

Nothing to complain of - he covers all the emperors from Augustus (the first real Roman Emperor) to Romulus Augustulus, the last sort of puppet-emperor based in Rome. It's all there, kind of ... Read full review

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

User Review  - thecryptile - Goodreads

Curious about those crazy Roman Emperors? Were the rumors about Nero and Caligula true? This book will tell you everything you wanted to know. Read full review

About the author (2012)

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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