Bestselling classical historian Barry Strauss grants “an extremely available historical past of the Roman Empire…so much of Ten Caesars reads like a script for Game of Thrones” (The Wall Boulevard Journal)—a summation of 3 and a part centuries of the Roman Empire as observed in the course of the lives of ten of an important emperors, from Augustus to Constantine.

In this very important and “enlightening” (The New York Instances Ebook Review) paintings, Barry Strauss tells the tale of the Roman Empire from upward thrust to reinvention, from Augustus, who based the empire, to Constantine, who made it Christian and moved the capital east to Constantinople.

During those centuries Rome received in beauty and territory, then misplaced each. Through the fourth century, the time of Constantine, the Roman Empire had modified so dramatically in geography, ethnicity, faith, and tradition that it will were just about unrecognizable to Augustus. Rome’s legacy is still nowadays in such a lot of techniques, from language, legislation, and structure to the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Strauss examines this enduring {heritage|historical past|background} in the course of the lives of the boys who formed it: Augustus, Tiberius, Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Diocletian and Constantine. Over the a while, they realized to take care of the circle of relatives trade—the federal government of an empire—Through adapting whilst vital and all the time persevering regardless of the fee.

Ten Caesars is a “charming narrative that breathes new existence into a bunch of transformative figures” (Publishers Weekly). This “excellent summation of 4 centuries of Roman historical past, a masterpiece of compression, confirms Barry Strauss as the most instructional classicist writing for the overall reader nowadays” (The Wall Boulevard Journal).