The fascinating stories of three Roman emperors and their mothers: Tiberius & Livia, Nero & Agrippina, and Constantine & Saint Helena.
The grandeur and the decadence, the cunning and the brutality, the surprising prominence of imperial women in a man’s world, and the practical wisdom that allowed Rome to maintain its rule over millions for centuries before finally losing its grip in the West: it’s all there in one book. Ten Caesars – now one of Amazon’s choices for best books …
I had a great time talking with Ryan about my book and I enjoyed our lively conversation.
“Much of ‘Ten Caesars’ reads like a script for ‘Game of Thrones’….This superb summation of four centuries of Roman history, a masterpiece of compression, confirms Barry Strauss as the foremost academic classicist writing for the general reader today.” Andrew Roberts, biographer of Churchill and Napoleon, in the Wall Street Journal.
“From beginning to end, Strauss’ storytelling captured my attention with vivid descriptions of historical moments and nuanced presentations of the Caesars. … The style of writing is both informative and engaging, erudite and captivating. Though focused on individual Caesars, he artfully frames each Caesar within his respective social, political, familial, and religious world, permitting him to narrate a story with …
Stepping into the shoes of a god wasn’t easy! So we learn in a new book that traces the biographies of 10 of the men who succeeded Julius Caesar, deified by the Roman Senate. Read the article in Cornell Chronicle here.
Watch this teaser for my forthcoming new book TEN CAESARS: ROMAN EMPERORS FOR AUGUSTUS TO CONSTANTINE.