A while back I was reading 'Claudius the God' (and can highly recommend that and 'I Claudius'.)
Call me megalomaniac, call me dull, but my favourite bits were the passages where he's just sort of sitting around ruling Rome. Hearing legal cases, dispensing justice, making up new laws, building viaducts and harbours and so forth. I couldn't get enough of that and now I want more.
So please tell me other books - no, I COMMAND YOU to tell me other books that involve people exercising power. Not scheming to get power a la Game of Thrones or something, but having it and using it. Building things, having existing things moved a bit to the left, telling people what to do. I suppose I don't mind a bit of political manouevring and so on, but the emphasis should be on the giving orders and running things. There can be sex and stabbing and that but it should be mostly scenes of improving civic amenities.
This is serious and I'm genuinely curious to see if anyone can suggest anything in this line. Must be fairly autocratic, no modern politicians please. Benevolent despots preferred, colourful psychopaths considered.
ALSO I would gratefully welcome any suggestions for readable-by-laymen books on legal cases, celebrated trials, the workings of courts etcetera.
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