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Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome

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These portraits of the emperors form the building blocks of an invaluable and highly readable popular history of Imperial Rome, brought to life using the colorful testimony of contemporary authors.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 17th 1995 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1995)
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Dec 29, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it
For the third installment of Historic Side Pots march down the Roman roads I needed something that wasn't too big but covered the emperors after Augustus to the end of the Roman West. This historically accurate timeline isn't all that scholastic but it fits the bill and gave us all a good idea of who ruled when, what they did or did not accomplish, and eventually their deaths.

This all comes with pictures, diagrams, paintings, an exhaustive timeline, etc.

The point was to give us all a steady ti
Apr 23, 2014 H.M. rated it really liked it
This is an excellent history book. It is well organized and a useful reference work for projects and information purposes. It is well enough written to be an enjoyable read. It does not pretend to be a general/complete history of Imperial Rome; instead it covers the emperors themselves, giving a coherent unbiased picture difficult to get from most traditional histories. It gives an account of each emperor from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus.
This book provides a history that acknowledges the repo
Lora Shouse
Feb 20, 2015 Lora Shouse rated it it was amazing
Nothing to complain of - he covers all the emperors from Augustus (the first real Roman Emperor) to Romulus Augustulus, the last sort of puppet-emperor based in Rome. It's all there, kind of abbreviated, the wars, the plots, the murders, the best rumors as reported by the historians of the times. Includes lots of pictures of the ruins of what they built, drawings of some of the buildings, pictures of statues of as many of the emperors as they could find statues of, and pictures of their coins. A ...more
So Hakim
Feb 06, 2015 So Hakim rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
As the title says, overview of Roman Emperors through the ages, from Augustus (27 BC-14 AD) to Romulus Augustulus (475-476 AD). Very neatly organized -- which in turn makes it easy to read.

Other than flowing prose, readers are treated with timelines, head busts, and quote boxes from contemporary sources. I should add, however: some of the quotes are from suspect source (i.e. Historia Augusta), but some others are considerably credible (e.g. Cassius Dio & Tacitus).

People casually interested i
Mar 11, 2012 Jimyanni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This book gives a very thorough, surprisingly readable and commendably balanced look at the succession of Roman emperors from Augustus through Romulus Augustulus. The subject may be considered rather dry for most readers, and I won't claim that someone not inherently interested in the subject matter could find themselves captivated by this book, but for a reader who has voluntarily chosen to read up on the subject, this book does a very good job of keeping the information coming at a pace that i ...more
May 11, 2015 Þróndr rated it it was amazing
Chris Scarre’s Chronicle of the Roman Emperors is very well written and amply illustrated. This 240 page book presents all the basic information on the different emperors and their reigns in a balanced and very readable manner. It is quite a feat to manage to outline their respective characters in the relatively brief space allotted to each of them within the format of this book; yet the author generally succeeds remarkably well at this. Some are of course necessarily portrayed more detailed tha ...more
Martin Witchard
Feb 27, 2016 Martin Witchard rated it liked it
Covers a fascinating preiod in Rome's history and, having seen the television series 'Rome' and having seen 'I, Claudius', I am intrigued to read about the reality of the leaders and their environment. The book starts with Augustus, probably the best of the lot. I've just finished reading about Caligula also bringing to mind a rather infamous movie of decades past. I am enjoying this book - the style is lucid and fact-filled.
Sep 23, 2015 Animal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Perhaps the most concise source for all of the Roman Emperors. Great photos of antiquity included.
Como todos os livros de esta serie, gostei a forma como esta estruturado. Só lamento os erros de edição, que foram mais dos habituais, não sei se o culpado é o autor ou a editora, mas a verdade é que nalgumas situações estes erros deixavam a história bastante confusa. É o caso da confusão entre os nomes Constantino, Constâncio e Constante. Aos poucos consegui identificar os erros, mas foi verdadeiramente confuso.
Dan Thom
Jun 27, 2012 Dan Thom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book gave much detail about the Roman emperors. It is amazing that there is so much to know about them. My only disappointment was that after the last Roman emperor abdicated his position the book did not continue with the emperors of the eastern empire who were around for about another thousand years. Anyway, I liked it enough I bought a copy for my bookshelf.
Aug 04, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice concise view of the Roman Emperors. As the Western empire deteriorates the info about the Caesars and Augusti of that period gets briefer and skimpier, although that may be a matter of less historical resources to draw from than anything else. This is a good modern companion to Seutonius and Tacitus and the other classical historians.
Vicki Cline
Apr 15, 2011 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-history
This is a very good summary of Roman emperors from Augustus through Romulus Augustulus, the last emperor in the West. I especially like the timelines of the reigns of each emperor or group of emperors. There are lots of photos and maps and lots of selections from ancient authors such as Tacitus, Cassius Dio and Eusebius.
David Rude
Apr 14, 2010 David Rude rated it it was amazing
A very good reference book to have on your anicent Roman book shelve. I find myself reading about one of the emperors and wanting to find other books to read about them. Or at least go out on the web and do more follow-up research on them. Good high level detail about each emperor.
Cooper Renner
Oct 02, 2012 Cooper Renner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Profusely illustrated, breezy. Scarre frequently reminds readers that the ancient sources are frequently biased, generally against the emperors, but there is still oversimplification in the text, as is almost inevitable in a work of such brevity. Still interesting and useful.
Mar 02, 2007 Leah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in ancient history and the roman empire
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm a history buff so I love this book but it's not for everyone. Most people would probably find it boring but I have marked pages to puruse later. Fatefully purchased in a small used book store in Monterey, it has been my go-to book for anything "Roman Empire".
Deanna Against Censorship
Jul 06, 2013 Deanna Against Censorship rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, military
Gives a quick synopsis of the Roman Emperors from start to finish. Not an in-depth study for the serious student, but a concise overview for the person looking for someone specific or a general knowledge. Great pictures and contemporary quotes.
Aug 24, 2008 2bnallegory rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This is a really nice book for referencing the time line of the emperors of Rome and a brief record of their history and achievements. It also has many nice pictures, especially many busts which puts a face to whom you are reading.
Sep 24, 2014 thecryptile rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Curious about those crazy Roman Emperors? Were the rumors about Nero and Caligula true? This book will tell you everything you wanted to know.
Aug 06, 2011 Anne added it
Good reference. In depth on some stuff, not enough on others. But overall, a nice thing to have. Like a thesaurus!
Bob Mask
Feb 28, 2011 Bob Mask rated it it was amazing
Great guide to Roman Emperors.....Use it frequently to refresh memory
Feb 27, 2008 Colin rated it it was amazing
Boo for the Empire . . . but read it anyway . . .
Mike Anderson
Jan 04, 2011 Mike Anderson rated it really liked it
Great way to get to know the emperors.
May 11, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
Good reference book !!!
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