Dynasty tells the story of Rome's first dynasty of emperors, from its establishment by Augustus Caesar in the last decades of the first century BC to its final, florid extinction less than a century later. The line of autocrats known to historians as the 'Julio-Claudians' remains to this day a byword for depravity.
The brilliance of its allure and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes still haunt the public imagination. When people think of imperial Rome, it is the cities of Tiberius and Caligula, of Claudius and Nero that are most likely to come into their minds.
©2015 Tom Holland (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Fantastic book. Narration excellent, but Tom Holland's understanding and bringing to life of this period is mesmerizing!
A very enjoyable audio book
I was unaware of the sweep and influence of the roman emperors
A very enjoyable reading
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I recommend this audio book to other listeners who love history
Very detailed and well written book. There was a lot in this history that is not generally known because most Roman history covers 900 year, but this covers only the short period of the Julio Claudio dynasty in a lot of depth.
Fiction holds no candle to the drama and outlandish nature of legendary reality. Well read too.
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