A superb, easy-to-use guide,
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome (Chronicles) (Paperback)
For any non-expert wanting a concise, readable and comprehensive guide to the emperors, I don't see how this could be bettered. It does exactly what its title promises.
Having watched the recent TV re-run of "I Claudius", I decided I needed the real facts, as opposed to what was, after all, a novel adapted for TV. Having scanned Amazon's many offerings, I went for this book and also Suetonius "12 Caesars".
Tip - if you are a non-expert wanting the facts (as far as we can know them), choose Scarre. Suetonius is great as a classic work, and you should read it, but for an unbiased modern view, and a beautiful book to look at as well, Scarre's book is a winner.
Particularly good is the explanation of the Emperors' titles, and the many special features on various buildings, military campaigns, etc.
A beautiful and informative book, which you will refer to again & again after your first read.
Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome (Chronicles)(16 customer reviews)