Emperor of Rome (Paperback)
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Published: 04/07/2024
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In her customary lively yet scholarly style, the eminent historian and author of SPQR presents an authoritative account of the role of Roman Emperor and the colourful personalities who occupied that position over the centuries.

What was it really like to rule and be ruled in the Ancient Roman world?

In her international best-seller SPQR, Mary Beard told the thousand-year story of ancient Rome. Now, she shines her spotlight on the emperors who ruled the Roman empire, from Julius Caesar (assassinated 44 BCE) to Alexander Severus (assassinated 235 CE).

Emperor of Rome is not your usual chronological account of Roman rulers, one after another: the mad Caligula, the monster Nero, the philosopher Marcus Aurelius. Beard asks bigger questions: What power did emperors actually have? Was the Roman palace really so bloodstained?

Emperor of Rome goes directly to the heart of Roman (and our own) fantasies about what it was to be Roman, offering an account of Roman history as it has never been presented before.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846683794
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 38 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Britain's most famous classicist [is] at the peak of her powers ... Even more interesting than the insight into the imperial elite is the light the book sheds on the modern world - Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

Magisterial ... A beautifully written product of a lifetime of deep scholarly learning - Martin Wolf, FT

Lavishly illustrated ... erudite and entertaining ... Beard is so appealing and approachable that even the recalcitrant reader who previously gave not a single thought to the Roman Empire will warm to her subject - Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

[Mary Beard is] the best in the business - Dan Snow, History Hit

A beautiful book ... [Beard is] really good at thinking about some of the echoes between Roman politics and British politics, including today - Rory Stewart, The Rest is Politics

The most famous historian of Rome sets the record straight - Olivia B. Waxman, Time Magazine

A masterly group portrait, an invitation to think skeptically but not contemptuously of a familiar civilization ... Ms. Beard punctuates her erudite but easy prose with striking turns of phrase and arresting observations - Kyle Harper, WSJ

An enthralling analysis of the wild stories that circulated about Rome's ruthless rulers ... Beard does a wonderful job of taking us into the maelstrom of fantasy, desire and projection that swirled around these rulers - Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

An extraordinary investigation into the gulf between the experience and the narrative of Roman autocracy ... Beard weaves a deliciously varied tapestry of detail drawn from across nearly three centuries - Honor Cargill-Martin, Telegraph

Good emperors may not have been as virtuous as they were painted, nor bad ones so wicked ... all told in trademark exuberant Beard style ... Those familiar with her TV series can hear her voice in the way she writes, her passion for the subject oozing off the page - Patrick Kidd, The Times

Chatty, fun, argumentative, fearless, and ferociously well-informed - Robert McCrum, Independent

Fascinating ... hugely rewarding - Irish Times

Imposing, colourful, entertaining ... Distils a vast amount of scholarship into 410 pages - Irish Independent

Surprising and fascinating ... Explores what we can and can't know about the men who ruled the Roman Empire, and what the lurid stories about so many of them tell us about the anxieties and fantasies of Rome's ordinary citizens and the remarkable resilience of the regime - Sam Leith, Spectator Book Club Podcast

For once, the horse races and the Circus Maximus, the true centre of Roman popular culture, get their rightful pride of place ... [The Roman emperors] were bringers of peace and insatiable conquerors, monsters on display and civilised citizens, gods and frightened mortals ... Beard's book is alert to these different layers of meaning - Georgy Kantor, Critic

Endlessly entertaining ... A close-up examination of Rome's greatest or most notorious figures ... Beard is never afraid to hint of modern parallels with the world of Ancient Rome, which can superficially seem so remote from our own - Christopher Hart, Mail on Sunday

A colourful tour of 30 emperors spanning over 250 years [through] the glitz and gore of Rome - Economist

[Mary Beard] has always had the sharpest eyes for telling detail and colourful anecdote - Sunday Times

Vividly brings to life the history of Ancient Rome - Jackie Brown, Good Housekeeping

[Mary Beard is] the reigning Queen of Classics - Harry Mount, Spectator

As always, Beard is a brilliant guide ... Emperor of Rome charts a very different path [to] imperial biographies - Clifford Ando, TLS

Beard [is] the rock star scholar of Ancient Rome - Jo Ellison, Financial Times

Eloquent, charming, exuberant ... [A] lively and engaging way of examining what the actions and "job description" of an emperor can reveal about the psychology of power - Alexandra Pollard, i newspaper

It's vital to see these individuals not just as characters in macabre stories but as hard-working bureaucrats ... from the path to the top to the almost inevitable sticky end - Matt Elton, BBC History Magazine

A national treasure ... combining accessibility with profound knowledge lightly worn - Harry Sidebottom, Literary Review

A fascinating exploration of assumptions about how the emperors of Rome from Julius Caesar to Alexander Severus acceded to the throne, ruled over an empire [and] even became gods ... Beard has redefined what it meant to be an emperor of Rome - Ming Kit Wong, Oxford Political Review

Praise for Mary Beard: 'An accomplished scholar and lively debunker...Beard informs and entertains without ever patronising her readers. What she touches turns to light - Independent

Mary Beard has pulled off that rare trick of becoming a don with a high media profile who hasn't sold out, who is absolutely respected by the academy for her scholarship ... what she says is always powerful and interesting - Guardian

Dynamically, wittily and authoritatively brings the ancient world to life - Simon Sebag Montefiore

An irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention - FT

Mary Beard 'Emperor of Rome' - Cambridge

Mary Beard 'Emperor of Rome' - Cambridge

Frankopan Hall, West Court, Jesus College, 22 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BQ
Tuesday 2nd July 19:00

Join us in the Frankopan Hall, West Court of Jesus College at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd July for an evening with Mary Beard. This event is in partnership with Heffers of Cambridge.

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An Evening with Mary Beard

An Evening with Mary Beard

St Mary's Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
Friday 5th July 18:30

Please join us at the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s Lace Market for an evening with Mary Beard to celebrate the paperback release of the bestselling, Emperor of Rome.

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An Evening with Mary Beard at Godolphin Performing Arts Centre

An Evening with Mary Beard at Godolphin Performing Arts Centre

Godolphin Performing Arts Centre, Milford Hill, Salisbury, SP1 2RA
Monday 15th July 19:00

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening of historical excellence with Mary Beard, as she discusses her bestselling book Emperor of Rome.

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Closing 30/06/2024

Win a trip to Rome for two, including a stay at a luxury hotel and tour around the Capitoline museums with Mary Beard, followed by dinner together.

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As any readers of SPQR will attest, one of Mary Beard's greatest strengths lies in her ability to paint a vivid and multifaceted portrait of Ancient Rome. With meticulous research and a keen eye for detail, she... More

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“A Dynamic Historical Account - So Interesting!”

An amazing book! One of the best things about Beard’s writing style is that it is a perfect blend of academic style as well as a lively historical account for all audiences. In this book, she portrays the role of... More

Hardback edition
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“Informative read”

In this volume Mary Beard once again shows her intimate knowledge of archaeology and textual sources, to give a brilliant insight into the power structures of imperial Rome.

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