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Sex Lives of the Roman Emperors by Nigel Cawthorne
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Feb 28, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fic, humor, gay, historic
Read from January 25 to May 22, 2012

Despite the title this book isn't all about sex, it's also about the twisted lives and practices and minds of the Roman Emperors (and their lovers'). The surprising brutality of life back then was definitely a wake up call to how far we really have evolved past the general acceptance of killing and murder and slavery etc. Thank goodness for that. Lets just hope it stays that way.

A couple things that I didn't like about this book was how much he kept plugging his other books, I almost felt like I was at some sales pitch in a couple parts, so I won't be reading another because there is nothing I find more obnoxious. However if it doesn't bother you that much than it really isn't that bad he just slips it in every few chapters or so. It also seems he states some historical questions as fact which is a big no no.

However it was written in a fun gossipy style that made it more fun as if you speaking of very juicy office politics to a friend or co-worker. Also I really enjoy how he went into each necessary detail but didn't get drug down in anything that didn't really matter. If I could I would be giving this 3 and 1/2 stars.
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Reading Progress

01/25 page 73
01/29 page 102 "This is a really easy read the only thing I don't really like is how this guy advertises his other books within the context of this one"
02/19 page 126 "These Roman Emperors were some pretty damn f'ed up people!"
03/26 page 143 "Holy Crap some of these new tortures were horrendous"
02/28 marked as: read
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Bill I'm wondering how this compare to Suetonius.

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