One of the most controversial of all works to survive from ancient Rome, the Augustan History is our main source of information about the Roman emperors from 117 to 284 AD.
Written in the late fourth century by an anonymous author, it is an enigmatic combination of truth, invention and humour.
This volume contains the first half of the History, and includes biographies of every emperor from Hadrian to Heliogabalus - among them the godlike Marcus Antonius and his grotesquely corrupt son Commodus.
The History contains many fictitious (but highly entertaining) anecdotes about the depravity of the emperors, as the author blends historical fact and faked documents to present our most complete - albeit unreliable - account of the later Roman Caesars.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/03/1976
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780140443080
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Review by flmcgough
This source is as close to a tabloid as we have from the ancient world. It is anonymous, when it was written is much disputed, and some of the stories within are rather dubious. But, it is just about all that there is covering this period. Very useful, as long as you appreciate the problems with it as an historical source.
Review by JVioland
Unless you are into Roman History, I wouldn't bother. Of questionable veracity and authorship.