Although personally having a serious interest in the subject matter , even those who are not , would find this book totally enthralling . After picking through it one day in a shop I had to buy it and I read it right the way through in a few days it was so engrossing . Even if parts may just be rumours or assumptions Suetonius ( as he writes after the events ) paints a very colourful picture of the first 11 Emperors of Rome ( plus Julius Caesar ) , covering births , marriages , divorces , affairs of state ( and the heart ) , social activities , Imperial extravagance , political intrigue , conspiracies , battles , executions and more - everything that you could possibly want ! Truly , a classical page turner if ever there was one .
The maps , glossary and family trees at the back of the book are helpful as the reader can visualise where in the world the events are taking place ( eg: where Tiberius took his holidays ) , who everyone is and what they are talking about ( eg: currency , types of gladiators etc.. ).
I recommend it to anyone and bet they will not be able to put it down !