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Ten Caesars

Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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Best-selling classical historian Barry Strauss tells the story of three-and-a-half centuries of the Roman Empire through the lives of 10 of the most important emperors, from Augustus to Constantine.

Barry Strauss’ 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 capital east to Constantinople.

During these centuries, Rome gained in splendor and territory, then lost both. The empire reached from modern-day Britain to Iraq, and gradually, emperors came not from the old families of the first century but from men born in the provinces, some of whom had never even seen Rome. By the fourth century, the time of Constantine, the Roman Empire had changed so dramatically in geography, ethnicity, religion, and culture that it would have been virtually unrecognizable to Augustus.

In the imperial era, Roman women - mothers, wives, mistresses - had substantial influence over the emperors, and Strauss also profiles the most important among them, from Livia, Augustus’ wife, to Helena, Constantine’s mother. But even women in the imperial family faced limits, and the emperors often forced them to marry or divorce for purely political reasons.

Rome’s legacy remains today in so many ways, from language, law, and architecture to the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Strauss examines this enduring heritage through the lives of the men who shaped it: Augustus, Tiberius, Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Diocletian, and Constantine. Over the ages, they learned to maintain the family business - the government of an empire - by adapting when necessary and always persevering no matter the cost. Ten Caesars is essential history as well as fascinating biography. 

©2019 Barry Strauss (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • Marco
  • 14-03-19

Roman emperors well explained

Very nicely written and the boom gave me a better insight into the why and how of the leaders (and there family) of the Roman empire since Augustus.

All though the performance is it at times a bit robotic and maybe can be called at best reasonable. However if you are interested in this part of Roman history it is a fact that can be easily lived whit.

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  • Germoglio
  • 28-06-19

Well done

Accurate yea, but more: it turns the sequence of emperors (many more than the 10 of the title) into an engrossing narrative. Excellent judgement in balancing detail and story arc. Nothing is flawless but this is great. Great talent in the writing and great telling in the audio version. I wouldn’t hesitate to assign it to undergrads.

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  • sully
  • 27-06-19

where's. Claudius?

Very good. Great narration. Endless research learned yet..... an hour spent on Nero and 5 minutes on Claudius. I can see not giving Caligula a chapter but I was interested in learning facts about Claudius and dismissing the many myths as the author did with Nero and the others. Disappointed.

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  • Clay Hansen
  • 21-06-19

Another Roman Emporer titillator

Imagine if you will Tiberius, with nary a mention of Sejanus. This so bad I am listening extra carefully for the laugh!

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  • Daniel Hughes
  • 14-04-19

Extraordinary romp through Imperial Rome

A truly insightful capsulary history of Rome told with enthusiasm and appropriate speculative nuance and color.

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  • Florin
  • 28-05-19

Extremely watered-down

History as explained to a particularly stupid kid...Gee whiz, I never knew Constantinople is currently Istanbul!

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