Mary Beard is a legend among historians, and a queen to history lovers. As both, I need everyone to know that this book is the perfect way to explore the psychology of what it meant to be THE Emperor of Rome. What it meant to the historical figures around them. Everything. It’s such a fascinating look at such complex figures that we realistically only know a limited amount about due to how long ago Rome was, and how often their successors attempted to erase them from history, even casually so after their deaths. If you’re looking for further exploration into the archetype of the Roman Emperor, you’ll delight in this book.
Emperor of Rome by Mary Beard, (List Price: $39.99, Liveright, 9780871404220, October 2023)
Reviewed by Caitlyn Vanorder , Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina