Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar.

Holland, Tom.

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This very accessible history starts with the murder of Julius Caesar and concludes with Nero’s suicide in A.D. 68. Holland places early and sometimes disputed accounts in context, and gives the reader a startlingly visceral sense of the violence and brutality and wretched excesses of ancient Rome.


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Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon--his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic--with Dynasty, a luridly fascinating history of the reign of the first five Roman emperors. Dynasty continues Rubicon's story, opening where that book ended: with the murder of Julius Caesar. This is the period of the first and perhaps greatest Roman Emperors and it's a colorful story of rule and ruination, running from the rise of Augustus through to the death of Nero. Holland's expansive history also has distinct shades of I Claudius, with five wonderfully vivid (and in three cases, thoroughly depraved) Emperors--Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero--featured, along with numerous fascinating secondary characters. Intrigue, murder, naked ambition and treachery, greed, gluttony, lust, incest, pageantry, decadence--the tale of these five Caesars continues to cast a mesmerizing spell across the millennia.

Book Details

Author Holland, Tom.
Format HC
Publisher Doubleday Books
Imprint Doubleday Books
Number of Pages 512
Illustrations Illustrations, unspecified
Publish Date 20/10/2015
Catalogue Jan19
Catalogue book number 152