Emperor of Rome

Emperor of Rome

Hardback Published on: 28/09/2023
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Emperor of Rome
Entertaining, readable, accessible
If your knowledge of the roman emperors is limited to your schooldays, here is a grown up history to get stuck into. Beard applies her expertise with an e... READ MORE
Emperor of Rome
"Emperor of Rome explores the fact and fiction of these rulers of the ancient Roman world"
Another lively, hilarious and enticing unravelling fiction, and explaining truths. Mary Beard is without a doubt the best go-to author when it comes to deb... READ MORE
Dulcie Welsh
Emperor of Rome
Another Triumph from Mary Beard
This excellent book is less of a chronological exploration of the Emperors of Rome more a rapid pace sweep through what it meant to BE Emperor of Rome. Wit... READ MORE
Emperor of Rome
Another fantastic work from Mary Beard!
Mary Beard can do no wrong and proves it yet again with this incredibly well researched work. Exploring what truly makes an Emperor, Beard paints a lively ... READ MORE
Libby Low
Emperor of Rome
A Rome of One's Own
This book is phenomenal. Accessible yet detailed, colloquial yet expertly researched (it is Mary Beard after all...). This book takes the reader on an epic... READ MORE
Olivia Hunter


In her international best-seller SPQR, Mary Beard told the thousand-year story of ancient Rome. Now, she shines her spotlight on the emperors who ruled the Roman empire, from Julius Caesar (assassinated 44 BCE) to Alexander Severus (assassinated 235 CE). Emperor of Rome is not your usual chronological account of Roman rulers, one after another: the mad Caligula, the monster Nero, the philosopher Marcus Aurelius. Beard asks bigger questions: What power did emperors actually have? Was the Roman palace really so bloodstained? Emperor of Rome goes directly to the heart of Roman (and our own) fantasies about what it was to be Roman, offering an account of Roman history as it has never been presented before.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846683787
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 920g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 46 mm

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Emperor of Rome
A refreshing review of life at the top (of the Roman Empire)!
This book provides a new way of looking at Roman Emporers. A well researched & lively written account of what it was like to be an emporer at the height o... READ MORE