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5.0 out of 5 stars what we've all been waiting for..., 17 Feb. 2005
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This review is from: Caligula (Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History) (Paperback)
Well, where do i begin. Pure genius. I purchased this book a few weeks ago and was surprised when i was not confronted by the densely lifeless trawl through the vast expanses of Ancient Rome that have come to typify such historical works. Wilkinson ingeniously takes us into the nooks and crannies of Rome's cracked and triumphant architecture, sweeping aside the cobwebs and wiping away the depraved residue that has for so long occluded our studies. His treatment of the emperor Gaius is both subtle and astounding and he approaches the morbidly fascinating elements of Gaius's controversial statesmanship with a particularly refreshing gaze. Not only is this book essential to anyone studying the topic but with its dealing of widespread executions, horses being made consul, lunacy, depraved sexual practices and hints of incest, I defy any one to read this book without feeling that they have just been taken on a tour of the REAL Ancient Rome. Wilkinson reveals the underbelly of a Rome where the tattered and frayed history books of our day, those books by which we commit so much, dare not venture.
Wilkinson tackles the world of academia head on as he combines delicate historical detail with high art rigour. He writes with zeal and candour, artfully lulling us into his grasp before bringing us face to face with the quirks and whims of this controversial emperor. Wilkinson is a surprise package, much like Leeds United in their infamous champions league campaign; an author who i will indeed be looking out for in the future as I plant a joyful kiss goodbye on the dusty, faded, grey covers of those cumbersome historical journals that populate our decaying libraries.
I bought it.
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