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Chronicle of the Roman Emperors (Chronicles)

The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome

Chris Scarre

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An authoritative introduction to the emperors of Rome, which sets their lives into context within the imperial story


This is a highly readable history focusing on the succession of the rulers of imperial Rome. It uses timelines with at-a-glance visual guides to each reign and its main events, to provide biographical portraits of the 56 principal emperors from Augustus to Constantine, together with a concluding section on the later emperors.

Each section is illustrated with busts of each emperor, coin portraits, battle plans and cutaway diagrams of imperial monuments. Supporting datafiles for every emperor list key information such as name at birth, wives and children, full imperial titles and place and manner of death. Genealogical trees and over 90 sidebars and special features on subjects ranging from Nero’s Golden House to Diocletian’s Palace allow the reader to delve even deeper. Colourful contemporary judgments by such writers as Suetonius and Tacitus are balanced by judicious character assessments made in the light of modern research. The famous and the infamous – Caligula and Claudius, Trajan and Caracalla – receive their due, while lesser names emerge clearly from the shadows for the first time.

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'Expertly unpicks the tangled imperial lineage … Scarre provides lively detail'

' A valuable volume providing a nice blend of information and entertainment '
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.4 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 328

Publication date: 27 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500289891

About the Author

Dr Chris Scarre is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham. He is the author of many books on prehistory and archaeology, including The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland, Chronicle of the Roman Emperors and The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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