Ten Caesars

Ten Caesars

Roman Emperors From Augustus to Constantine

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"Bestselling classical historian Barry Strauss tells the story of three and a half centuries of the Roman Empire through the lives of ten of the most important emperors, from Augustus to Constantine. Barry Strauss's Ten Caesars is the story of the RomanEmpire from rise to reinvention, from Augustus, who founded the empire, to Constantine, who made it Christian and moved the capital east to Constantinople. During these centuries Rome gained in splendor and territory, then lost both. The empire reached from modern-day Britain to Iraq, and gradually emperors came not from the old families of the first century but from men born in the provinces, some of whom had never even seen Rome. By the fourth century, the time of Constantine, the Roman Empire had changed so dramatically in geography, ethnicity, religion, and culture that it would have been virtually unrecognizable to Augustus. In the imperial era Roman women--mothers, wives, mistresses--had substantial influence over the emperors, and Strauss also profiles the most important among them, from Livia, Augustus's wife, to Helena, Constantine's mother. But even women in the imperial family faced limits and the emperors often forced them to marry or divorce for purely political reasons. Rome's legacy remains today in so many ways, from language, law, and architecture to the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Strauss examines this enduring heritage through the lives of the men who shaped it: Augustus, Tiberius, Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Diocletian and Constantine. Over the ages, they learned to maintain the family business--the government of an empire--by adapting when necessary and always persevering no matter the cost. Ten Caesars is essential history as well as fascinating biography"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781451668834
Characteristics: xi, 410 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ;,24 cm.

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klimekk
Sep 09, 2019

Somehow disappointed.
Annoying is especially reference to modern situations and events like "x was kind of today's ..." or "that was like today's ..."
This doesn't help, especially that for some today's fact we got different experience and now I am starting to guess what really author got in his mind
But some details - yes, they were very valuable

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danmiller45
Jul 16, 2019

Strauss selected 10 fascinating emperors from Caesar to Constantine to profile, but as a group of disconnected individuals, they don't give the reader an informed overview of the historical ages in which they lived. The emperors come on stage, tell their story, and leave, and the next one enters. Strauss opens new horizons in showing the pervasive political influence of women in the lives of his coterie, but his reliance on the images of his subjects from coins and sculpture to extrapolate beauty and psychological characteristics is useless and annoying.

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lijunair
Apr 30, 2019

LHTL friday newsletter reco

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