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The Roman Emperors: A Biographical Guide to the Rulers of Imperial Rome, 31 BC-476

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One of the greatest multiracial states the world has ever known, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to the Sahara & from the Atlantic to the Euphrates. Vast & powerful, Imperial Rome instituted many conventions that distinguish life today--reason enough for us to wonder about the men who ruled in her name. Some early writers painted vivid portraits that, with ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Barnes and Noble (NY) (first published 1984)
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Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2005, 2013
1st Recorded Reading: October, 2005

According to my records, I read this book back in 2005; but I decided to read it again, not least because I had bought a new used copy. It is a good book, going through all the Emperors chronologically (all 92 of them), and is a very good resource volume. It is a book that I very much enjoyed reading; not least because it helps to remember the past to help understand the present and to plan for the future.

The Roman Empire has a definite beginning, with the acce
Sean Chick
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A superb reference work but perhaps I am being too harsh when I ask for more. I kept wondering how the empire kept going on despite such chaos in the empire's leadership. Most of these emperor's were killed, which makes Romulus Augustulus interesting: it seems he was not murdered.
Like the Oxford Dictionary of Popes, Grant packs a lot of information into necessarily brief essays on every Roman emperor from Augustus Caesar to Romulus Augustus but if you need to know about Pertinax's senatorial career or the first Gordian's family background, this is the reference for you.
Karolinde (Kari)
Apr 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: roman-empire
All though a little dry, there was a lot of great information in this book. It covers all of the Roman Emperors from Augustus to the fall of the Western Empire. Grant evens includes tidbits on upstarts who managed to actually get power for a small time. It seems well researched and I really learned a lot. I would have liked a complete biography through the end of the Byzantine Empire, but it was still a worth the time I took to read it.
Jerry Mrizek
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Is what it is, an encyclopedia of Roman emperors. Nothing in depth but a good reference to have.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will never finish reading this book - toward my betterment.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you want to know about the Roman Emperors but where afraid to ask!
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Yet another history by Michael Grant.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

A bit hard to keep track of the names in later years, but a good read. Interesting that Romulus Augustulus wasn't the last Emperor.
May 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-romans
It's good as a reference, but not to read straight-through. Plus, I could have done without the author referring to homosexual emperors as "sexual inverts."
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, worth reading, but heavy-going at times.
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Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
Really slow read.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Lots of information, but as difficult to read as you'd imagine if you wanted to give the biography of every single Roman emperor that ever lived.
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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