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    Matthew Dennison, "The Twelve Caesars"
    English | ISBN: 1848876831, 0140455167, 1781394423 | 2012 | 400 pages | EPUB | 1 MB

    One of them was a military genius; one murdered his mother and fiddled while Rome burned; another earned the nickname 'sphincter artist'. Six of their number were assassinated, two committed suicide - and five of them were elevated to the status of gods. They have come down to posterity as the 'twelve Caesars' - Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. Under their rule, from 49 BC to AD 96, Rome was transformed from a republic to an empire, whose model of regal autocracy would survive in the West for more than a thousand years.
    Matthew Dennison offers a beautifully crafted sequence of colourful biographies of each emperor, triumphantly evoking the luxury, licence, brutality and sophistication of imperial Rome at its zenith. But as well as vividly recreating the lives, loves and vices of this motley group of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an erao of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, 500-year-old political system and its replacement by a dictatorship which, against all the odds, succeeded more convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing a vast international landmass.

    'Dennison's approach combines thoughtful reflection and analysis with gossipy irreverence in a bewitching cocktail. hugely entertaining.' - Daily Express

    'Unputdownable. These histories from 2,000 years ago are riveting in their insight, their black humour and their sheer readability, give or take a few highbrow verbal flourishes. Matthew Dennison fleshes out their gaudy history with boisterous scholarship.' - Daily Mail

    'Matthew Dennison has had the clever idea of updating a famously scandalous work, Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars, written in AD 117 - what you might call the Private Eye version of ancient Rome. It has been plundered, translated and reprinted hundreds of times since it was first compiled nearly 2,000 years ago, but this version, colourfully embroidered for a modern audience, I found unputdownable.' The Daily Mail

    'Gossipy and insightful, making for an enjoyable introduction to this power-hungry crowd.' - Financial Times

    'Magnificent' The Spectator

    'Dennison nicely balances scholarship and anecdote. His book is a vivid reminder of a very mixed bunch: some born great, some having greatness thrust upon them and some grabbing for themselves - and invariably paying the price.' The Mail on Sunday


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