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The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome Hardcover – 20 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thalamus Publishing (20 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902886054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902886053
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After careers in film, journalism, magazine publishing, and historical reference publishing, Roger M. Kean settled down to pen gay fiction. To date he has written FELIXITATIONS, THUNDERBOLT: TORN ENEMY OF ROME, and the "Empire Trilogy" of late Victorian action-adventure novels A LIFE APART, GREGORY'S STORY, and the just released mammoth story HARRY'S GREAT TREK. In between battling through the deserts of Sudan, he wrote the 30,000-word novella about British Premier League football (soccer) WHAT'S A BOY SUPPOSED TO DO.

Both Felixitations and A Life Apart have been Goodreads.com M/M Romance Group Books of the Month.

Writing under the pen name of Zack, Kean's "Boys of..." series extends to five full-length novels. The Adventures of American Gil Graham and Brit Mike Smith are set in the early 1980s, all published by Bruno Gmünder in paperback and ebook formats. By the same publisher also as Zack he has written BLOOD AND LUST, THE WARRIOR'S BOY and DEADLY CIRCUS OF DESIRE (#1 Boys of Imperial Rome). Under another pseudonym, Bruno Gmünder recently published Kean's pulp fiction novel MISSISSIPPI HUSTLER. The last two titles will soon be followed by THE SATYR OF CAPRI (#2 Boys of Imperial Rome) and MULHOLLAND MEAT: #2 Gay Pulp Fiction).

In his time Roger M. Kean has written about subjects as varied as the utilization of electronic publishing techniques for pre-press, video games, and gay life in London. His published reference books include histories of the Roman Emperors, Byzantium, Ancient Egypt, and pirates. Other fiction includes five mainstream YA adventure stories.

He lives in a medieval town on the borders of Wales with his lifelong partner.

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The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome is a unique book. Not only does its scope detail the lives all the Roman emperors until the end of the classical age in the mid-sixth century ad in a highly readable narrative text, but it also provides at least one portrait – coin or bust – of every single one.

Usurpers of the throne and would-be aspirants to the purple get a look in too – in words and pictures, as well as many of the major figures’ families.

In all, there are 390 illustrations and over 70 colour maps charting the changing fortunes of the empire’s frontiers, military campaigns and social situations.

Complemented by nine family trees, a major glossary, Latin/English place names and a table of rulers, popes and patriarchs, The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome is destined to be a standard reference to the subject as well as a joyride of a read.

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Few books before have ever explored the exploits, achievements and notorious antics of ancient Rome’s imperial dynasties in such readable detail. This title sets out to describe the lives of every man (and a few women) who aspired to the purple from Augustus in 23 BC to Justinian I, who died in AD 565 – arguably the end of Rome’s classical period. Many are familiar with the descendants of Julius Caesar – Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero – but how many readers know about Maximinus Thrax, Claudius II Gothicus, or the Gallic Empire of Postumus? All 118 emperors and barbarian rulers of the period are brought vividly to life, illustrated by a mixture of drawings of their busts and coinage, and complemented by specially-commissioned maps that clearly outline imperial ambitions and failures.

The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome is a record of the political, social, military and economic strategies of the world’s most powerful and influential empire. This unique book is an essential companion to anyone interested in, or studying, the ancient Romans.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Doherty on 29 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredibly well-written, charting the course of the Roman Empire from its foundations to eventual decline through the lives of the Emperors (legitimate or otherwise) who controlled it (or not as the book will reveal!)

What makes this book superb are the outstanding illustrations throughout. The book features images of all emperors (where possible) drawn from either sculptures or coins. Also the book is dotted with maps showing military campaigns and borders, giving the whole subject a real perspective.

If you want a slightly different and more visual take on a fascinating subject, this book is a must!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gst on 11 Nov. 2012
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Like another reviewer of this book I found it in my library and decided to just buy it as I simply couldnt and still cant put it down.

This book opens up the lives of the Roman Emperors in such a great way and is very inclusive, including usurpers and the later barbarian kings.

The writing style is so easy to read and is jam packed with little snippets of information not to mention some wonderful maps that guide you through the changing Empire.

The uniformity in its drawings and maps which in other books seem so mismatched are here so inkeeping with each other, it really was a good idea to have a great illustrator to unite the images.

Overall a great book for a keen novice on Roman history like me. Im now reading Gibbon because of this book and loving it but I keep coming back for more, just to see the faces and view the maps if nothing else.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book with outstanding pictures and maps 6 Oct. 2007
By Christopher Bonura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Roman history has always been one of my keenest interests, and when I found this book in my library, I checked in out and kept checking it out. After a while, I decided to just buy it. This book gives great descriptions of each Emperor, (starting with Augustus, and actually going as far as the early Byzantine Period with Justinian) drawing on every source imaginable. It saved me a lot of time from having to actually go to the primary sources (the dreaded experience of reading Latin and Greek texts) and does a good job explaining what is factual and what is speculation (important for ancient history as sources are not always reliable). It covers every period, a lot of which have very little written about them elsewhere(such as the Third Century) so this book really helped clarify some areas in history that I have always seen as murky. Every imaginable Emperor is in this book: usurpers, the Emperors of the Gallic Empire, the book even covers the lives of some rulers who were not Emperors, such as the Gothic kings of Italy and leaders of the later Roman Republic.
But what really a attracted me to this book were the wonderful pictures. There are pictures of every emperor, pictures from statues, coins, paintings, and sometimes all of the above. The coins were used so often that I'd recommend anyone with an interest in Roman coins to just look at the pictures. The maps are also great: there are lots of maps, which are always helpful when dealing with places that have changed a lot in two thousand years. Everything is in color and beautiful. One thing that really struck me about the book is that it has the wealth of pictures and the accessibility one might find in book targeted to a younger audience, but the sophistication and enormous amount of detailed information one might expect from a professor of classics. Its the best of both worlds.
My only complaint (not enough to get me to take off points) is that there are some typos in the books. Nothing big, sometimes names or places are not capitalized, and on one or two maps I found that there were some errors (the one example I can think of is that on one map the ocean is labeled "Italia") The editor must have been a little lazy. I would recommend a second edition to clean the book up a little, but other than the minor errors, the book is flawless and a treat for anyone who loves Roman history.
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