Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine

Bestselling classical historian Barry Strauss tells the story of three and a half centuries of the Roman Empire through the lives of ten of the most important emperors, from Augustus to Constantine. Barry Strauss?s Ten Caesars is the story of the Roman Empire from rise to reinvention, from Augustus, who founded the empire, to Constantine, who made it Christian and moved the Bestselling classical historian Barry Strauss tells the story of three and a half centuries of the Roman Empire thr...

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Title:Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine
Author:Barry S. Strauss
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Genres:History
ISBN:145166883X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine Reviews

  • Socraticgadfly
    Mar 17, 2019
    This is moderately better than The Death of Caesar, but ultimately, I'm giving it the same 3-star rating. As one other reviewer noted (and other examples could be offered) Strauss tends to a high level of assumptions. A little of that comes with the territory, but he pushes the enve...
  • Al
    May 26, 2019
    This book gives an overview of the Emperors of the Roman Empire, with detailed reference to (the author's choice of) the ten most important, Written in an accessible, even chatty, style, it's a useful primer for those like me who haven't studied Roman history in depth. Granted, the pa...
  • Liviu
    May 31, 2019
    excellent books about the ten emperors of the title - a modern version of the classics (Suetonius etc) in the sense that it is engaging, full of anecdotes and very personal, but also contains a modern approach to history (trends, economy, the role of imperial women etc); it is not a bo...
  • Annarella
    Feb 21, 2019
    An interesting and engaging history book, informative and well written. It's always great to read about the Ancient Rome emperors and the women that surrounded and/or influenced them. The style of writing is clear, it can be read as a historical novel and it's entertaining. I really...
  • Ariane
    Jul 13, 2019
    Barry Strauss was one of my first history professors at Cornell, over 30 years ago. I fondly remember his class on Ancient Rome. This book was a terrific refresher of a part of history that I don?t frequently think about. For someone looking for more in-depth study on particular empe...
  • Beth
    Apr 03, 2019
    I had minimal knowledge of Roman emperors so this was a great introduction text. The format worked for me: short family bio on each figure, followed by concise timeline of events, notable contributions, and reflections on character. I especially liked that the author added other notabl...
  • Mary Ann
    May 07, 2019
    This is a well-written, well-researched overview of "Ten Caesars." The author explores the personalities, leadership styles, challenges, and legacy of each of these Roman Emperors. Equally commendable is the attention and detail to the women in their lives and the roles women played in...
  • Taylor Kniphfer
    May 23, 2019
    3. 75 stars Many other reviewers here have made similar points. This book certainly reads well, but there are problems. The writing is sometimes poorly constructed, with repeats of former thoughts or even whole sentences at times. There are also some very flippant comparisons, such as...
  • Stephanie (Bookfever)
    Mar 12, 2019
    I'm gonna jump right in and say that I highly enjoyed Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry S. Strauss. I randomly decided to read it when I saw it available to read on NetGalley because I craved some ancient history nonfiction. And I'm really glad that I di...
  • William Gill
    May 01, 2019
    Okay, I'm giving this four stars because I love anything even remotely well written concerning the Roman Empire. Strauss dumbs this one down for the average reader, but even someone well read on the subject will learn a thing or two in this interesting book. For those in the world wh...
  • Rob Atkinson
    Jul 23, 2019
    Ten brief biographies of Roman Emperors who governed successfully in Strauss?s opinion, several of whom might surprise, as they?re infamous in other respects (Tiberius and Nero, in particular). Many were innovators who changed the Roman paradigm in lasting ways. The account gets...
  • Anneke
    Mar 27, 2019
    Book Review: Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine Author: Barry Strauss Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: March 5, 2019 Review Date: March 27, 2019 I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From th...
  • Ben
    Apr 25, 2019
    While I did learn a bit from this, and reinforced some things I already knew, the history was overall fairly disappointing. It is very shallow, and focused entirely on the emperors and only minimally covering anything broader going on in the Roman Empire. Well, not focused entirely on ...
  • Elaine
    Apr 05, 2019
    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Ten Caesars. I requested Ten Caesars because I love Roman history and visited the Eternal City a little over four years ago. Also, Rome, the 2005 HBO show is one of my favorites. Ten Caesars is the biographical account of the ten ...
  • Scarlett
    Nov 19, 2018
    I wish I could be kinder, but I am so disappointed. I would recommend this book only to those who are not very familiar with this part of history and who look for an interesting guide. Other than that, I would recommend reading The Twelve Caesars. All went downhill when I read thi...
  • Brian Cartee
    Jul 13, 2019
    Very accessible history of ten Caesars, spanning almost 500 years. Very informative! ...
  • Amy
    Apr 01, 2019
    Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine to be a fascinating read. I give it five stars and recommend it for readers who are interested in Roman history. ...
  • A.J. Sefton
    Feb 14, 2019
    A great layman's guide to the important Emperors who shaped the Roman Empire. As such, it's easy to flick to a particular emperor to learn about him, those around him, his influencers and what he did. This non-fiction book is a modern take on Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus' Twelve Caes...
  • Lady Alexandrine
    May 19, 2019
    Barry S. Strauss reminded me how fascinating Ancient Rome was! I have always been interested in the history of Ancient Rome. Even as a child I enjoyed reading Greek and Roman Mythology with constant bickering between gods and goddesses, with heroes performing impossible deeds and w...
  • San
    Apr 01, 2019
    I liked this book. The author took about 300 years of roman history and compressed it to short biographies for 10 roman emperors. It was easy to read and gave a good starting point to look deeper in some of these people (Livia sounds quite interesting). Neros chapter seemed s...
  • Elien
    Mar 22, 2019
    The Roman Empire has probably always been my favourite time period in history, more so the mythology that accompanies it. I'll admit I'm a little ashamed to say that I didn't know anything about maybe half of the emperors in this work and about some others I only knew the basics, but B...
  • Noah Goats
    Jan 26, 2019
    This is the fifth book of ancient history that I?ve read by Barry Strauss, and I have enjoyed all of them. He has an ability to find the drama in history and to tell his stories with insight and clarity. In The Ten Caesars, (the title is a nod to the ancient classic by Suetonius, ?...
  • W. D. Herstun
    Jun 04, 2019
    This book was amazing. It's been added to one of my favorite books on Rome. Strauss uses the emperors as large windows into Roman culture. Each section covering so many aspects of society. He is a pro at perspective and I enjoyed the rhythm of the writing. Congratulations on an exc...
  • Lou
    Mar 04, 2019
    Ten Caesars is renowned historian Barry Strauss's condensed version of the Roman Empires Ten Greatest Emperors and hats off to him for making an often dry, tedious topic seem exciting and accessible. It allows the reader to learn about the ten most prominent Roman figures and seamlessl...
  • David Dunlap
    Apr 06, 2019
    The ten titular Caesars are these: Augustus (the Founder), Tiberius (the Tyrant), Nero (the Entertainer), Vespasian (the Commoner), Trajan (the Best Prince), Hadrian (the Greek), Marcus Aurelius (the Philosopher), Septimius Severus (the African), Diocletian (the Great Divider), and Con...
  • Dana Aprigliano
    Apr 18, 2019
    Book was light, but tbh that's what I wanted right now. I know there's SO MUCH left out in this book to the point where it makes certain facts basically erroneous, but for someone like me who knows Latin and who's studied the Roman emperors, I could fill in the blanks. ...
  • Richard West
    Jun 23, 2019
    This is a follow-up to the author's "Death Of Caesar" a couple of years back and puts the finishing touches on the Roman Empire. It is also not a book where you can sit down and read 4-5 chapters at one sitting. The best way I found was - and I suppose it helps if you're on a Summer br...
  • Anne Morgan
    Mar 06, 2019
    A concise, yet detailed, history of the Roman Empire and its emperors in one book seems like it would be impossible. Yet in Ten Emperors: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine Barry Strauss manages the feat. Structuring his book around ten of the most influential of the Roman emp...
  • Doninaz
    Jun 02, 2019
    What Happens When a Nation Loses Its Republic? SUMMARY. This book is deceptively short but information-rich. Author Strauss masterfully chooses ten Caesars whose reigns can serve as ?jump points? to span this high period of the Western Roman Empire. The book was well-researched ...
  • Doug Garrett
    Mar 28, 2019
    Interesting, fairly breezy overview of the 10 most important Caesars. If you're rather ignorant on the history, this is a good choice for edification. ...