Ancient History & Civilisation

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon—his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic—with Dynasty, a luridly fascinating history of the reign of the first five Roman emperors.
 
Dynasty continues Rubicon's story, opening where that book ended: with the murder of Julius Caesar. This is the period of the first and perhaps greatest Roman Emperors and it's a colorful story of rule and ruination, running from the rise of Augustus through to the death of Nero. Holland's expansive history also has distinct shades of I Claudius, with five wonderfully vivid (and in three cases, thoroughly depraved) Emperors—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero—featured, along with numerous fascinating secondary characters. Intrigue, murder, naked ambition and treachery, greed, gluttony, lust, incest, pageantry, decadence—the tale of these five Caesars continues to cast a mesmerizing spell across the millennia.

Family Tree - The Julians and Claudians

PREFACE

Part I - PADRONE

Chapter 1. CHILDREN OF THE WOLF

Chapter 2. BACK TO THE FUTURE

Chapter 3. THE EXHAUSTION OF CRUELTY

Part II - COSA NOSTRA

Chapter 4. THE LAST ROMAN

Chapter 5. LET THEM HATE ME

Chapter 6. IO SATURNALIA!

Chapter 7. WHAT AN ARTIST

TIMELINE

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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