Mary Beard Emperor of Rome
In her international best-seller SPQR, the eminent historian and classicist told the thousand-year story of ancient Rome. Now she shines her spotlight on the emperors who ruled the Roman empire, including the mad Caligula, the monster Nero, the philosopher Marcus Aurelius, and asks bigger questions: What power did emperors actually have? Was the Roman palace really so bloodstained? She'll go directly to the heart of Roman (and our own) fantasies about what it was to be Roman, offering a ground-breaking account of Roman history.