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Volume Two of Dio Cassius brings to a close his sweeping historical work, Roman History. This volume begins with book 50 and the struggle between Octavian and Mark Antony. Octavian's victory is the beginning of the Principate and a new direction in Roman history. Dio takes a prolonged look at the reign of Augustus. He follows this with the history of the following emperors: Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Lucius Verus, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Pertinax, Didius Julianus, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Geta, Macrinus, Diadumenian, Elagabalus, and Alexander Severus. Much of our information about the emperors who followed Commodus is only available in the work of Dio Cassius. Please note that book 72 is no longer extant.

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  • 30-03-2021

Awful

As it’s the only translation of Dio Cassius on audible, I was looking forward to this- he is an important historical source. However, the narration is absolutely awful- his cadence is completely off and you can hear him running out of breath, to the point you feel as though you need to breathe for him. I know this is a ‘serious’ tome but it still needs to be read by a professional, someone with a grasp of what the author is saying. All in all, a big disappointment.

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