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Nero fiddled while Rome burned. As catchy as that aphorism is, it's sadly untrue, even if it has a nice ring to it. The one thing Nero is well-known for is the one thing he actually didn't do. But fear not, the truth of his life, his rule and what he did with unrestrained power, is plenty weird, salacious and horrifying. And he is not alone. Roman history, from the very fo Nero fiddled while Rome burned. As catchy as that aphorism is, it's sadly untrue, even if it has a nice ring to it. The one thing Nero is well-known for is the one thing he actually didn't do. But fear not, the truth of his life, his rule and what he did with unrestrained power, is plenty weird, salacious and horrifying. And he is not alone. Roman history, from the very foundation of the city, is replete with people and stories that shock our modern sensibilities. Evil Emperors puts the worst of Rome's rulers in one place and offers a review of their lives and a historical context for what made them into what they became. It concludes by ranking them, counting down to the worst ruler in Rome's long history. Lucius Tarquinius Suburbus called peace conferences with warring states, only to slaughter foreign leaders; Commodus sold offices of the empire to the highest bidder; Caligula demanded to be worshipped as a god, and marched troops all the way to the ocean simply to collect seashells as "proof" of their conquest; even the Roman Senate itself was made up of oppressors, exploiters, and murderers of all stripes. Author Phillip Barlag profiles a host of evil Roman rulers across the history of their empire, along with the faceless governing bodies that condoned and even carried out heinous acts. Roman history, deviant or otherwise, is a subject of endless fascination. What's never been done before is to look at the worst of the worst at the same time, comparing them side by side, and ranking them against one another. Until now.


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Nero fiddled while Rome burned. As catchy as that aphorism is, it's sadly untrue, even if it has a nice ring to it. The one thing Nero is well-known for is the one thing he actually didn't do. But fear not, the truth of his life, his rule and what he did with unrestrained power, is plenty weird, salacious and horrifying. And he is not alone. Roman history, from the very fo Nero fiddled while Rome burned. As catchy as that aphorism is, it's sadly untrue, even if it has a nice ring to it. The one thing Nero is well-known for is the one thing he actually didn't do. But fear not, the truth of his life, his rule and what he did with unrestrained power, is plenty weird, salacious and horrifying. And he is not alone. Roman history, from the very foundation of the city, is replete with people and stories that shock our modern sensibilities. Evil Emperors puts the worst of Rome's rulers in one place and offers a review of their lives and a historical context for what made them into what they became. It concludes by ranking them, counting down to the worst ruler in Rome's long history. Lucius Tarquinius Suburbus called peace conferences with warring states, only to slaughter foreign leaders; Commodus sold offices of the empire to the highest bidder; Caligula demanded to be worshipped as a god, and marched troops all the way to the ocean simply to collect seashells as "proof" of their conquest; even the Roman Senate itself was made up of oppressors, exploiters, and murderers of all stripes. Author Phillip Barlag profiles a host of evil Roman rulers across the history of their empire, along with the faceless governing bodies that condoned and even carried out heinous acts. Roman history, deviant or otherwise, is a subject of endless fascination. What's never been done before is to look at the worst of the worst at the same time, comparing them side by side, and ranking them against one another. Until now.

52 review for Evil Roman Emperors: The Shocking History of Ancient Rome's Most Wicked Rulers from Caligula to Nero and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    This book was an irreverent and entertaining overview of some of the amazingly horrible emperors of Rome. They killed relatives, assassinated rulers, bankrupted the country, murdered huge numbers of citizens, generally raped and pillaged at will and engaged in an exhausting amount of debauchery. I had never heard of most of these people. One who was new to me murdered his wife then married his brother’s widow (after she had also murdered her husband) then this duo killed the king (who was the wi This book was an irreverent and entertaining overview of some of the amazingly horrible emperors of Rome. They killed relatives, assassinated rulers, bankrupted the country, murdered huge numbers of citizens, generally raped and pillaged at will and engaged in an exhausting amount of debauchery. I had never heard of most of these people. One who was new to me murdered his wife then married his brother’s widow (after she had also murdered her husband) then this duo killed the king (who was the wife’s father). That’s the kind of people we are dealing with here. I don’t know anything about the background of the author or his status as an historian, but he certainly seems to have done a lot of research on the kings, emperors and political bodies of Rome. Since I was listening to the audiobook, the hundreds of names that were thrown at me sort of blurred together. I also didn’t have access to any illustrations or footnotes that might be in the physical book. I think it would be preferable to read a physical or ebook edition. I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    I enjoyed this good read on Roman leaders back in the early days who were particularly evil. The book covers the creation of Rome and the selected worst of the worst like Caligula and Nero and many others through their reigns. Some even changed their names to distance themselves from past bad deeds. I always wanted to know more about these people, and this was a good way to get some knowledge on them. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Phillip Barlag, and the publis I enjoyed this good read on Roman leaders back in the early days who were particularly evil. The book covers the creation of Rome and the selected worst of the worst like Caligula and Nero and many others through their reigns. Some even changed their names to distance themselves from past bad deeds. I always wanted to know more about these people, and this was a good way to get some knowledge on them. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Phillip Barlag, and the publisher.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    Fours stars for entertainment, but two stars for historical accuracy. This book at times feels like a compilation of podcast episodes, but there are some really interesting and good stories about Roman emperors who did horrible things to get power, to keep power, and just because they had power. This is a book that makes me feel glad I wasn't a Roman and at times is just ghastly in terms of the horrible acts that the emperors did. But it's not a prurient shock for shock's sake book as the author Fours stars for entertainment, but two stars for historical accuracy. This book at times feels like a compilation of podcast episodes, but there are some really interesting and good stories about Roman emperors who did horrible things to get power, to keep power, and just because they had power. This is a book that makes me feel glad I wasn't a Roman and at times is just ghastly in terms of the horrible acts that the emperors did. But it's not a prurient shock for shock's sake book as the author does try to help the reader understand the historical context, understand the larger issues facing Rome for each of the emperors' reigns, and helps clarify some of the structural issues (like the Pretorian guard) that made the empire unstable. The author does say up front that he pulled in stories from historically dubious sources (because they make for better stories), which does tank the educational value of the book a good amount. On the whole though an entertaining read. **Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Erickson

    Enjoyable, breezy (in style, not subject matter haha) book about some atrocious Roman leaders. Caligula, Nero, and Commodus take up a lot of space in this discussion, rightfully so, so it was nice to get to hear more about some of the lesser known monsters. My only complaints are it was VERY brief for most of them, and that for some reason, the author occasionally told the story out of order. (For example, skipping Tiberius's reign/Sejanus's villainy and then circling back after Commodus's death Enjoyable, breezy (in style, not subject matter haha) book about some atrocious Roman leaders. Caligula, Nero, and Commodus take up a lot of space in this discussion, rightfully so, so it was nice to get to hear more about some of the lesser known monsters. My only complaints are it was VERY brief for most of them, and that for some reason, the author occasionally told the story out of order. (For example, skipping Tiberius's reign/Sejanus's villainy and then circling back after Commodus's death to discuss Sejanus and Macro?) If you just want to hear about some awful Romans, or if you want to participate meaningfully in the debate about who the worst is*, this book is for you. *- Commodus, obviously. Why is this even debated?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    My favorite documentaries to watch are about Acient Rome so when I saw this ARC, of course I had to request it. This was so well written and pretty funny at points, and it made it so much fun to listen to. Despite knowing a lot about the Emperors talked about in this book, I still learned a lot about these horrible men. I'm definitely pre-ordering a hardcopy of this book to have on my shelf! Thank you to Tantor Audio and NetGalley for providing me with an Audiobook copy to review. My favorite documentaries to watch are about Acient Rome so when I saw this ARC, of course I had to request it. This was so well written and pretty funny at points, and it made it so much fun to listen to. Despite knowing a lot about the Emperors talked about in this book, I still learned a lot about these horrible men. I'm definitely pre-ordering a hardcopy of this book to have on my shelf! Thank you to Tantor Audio and NetGalley for providing me with an Audiobook copy to review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Both informative and entertaining, the author, in great detail, describes the excesses and horrors of some of the worst Roman emperors in history. I listened to the audiobook version. The narrator is engaging and easy to understand. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Some of the accounts of the misdeeds of the different emperors were so outlandish, I couldn't help but laugh. For all of the people who say living in the present day is so much worse than how things used to be in the good old days need to re Both informative and entertaining, the author, in great detail, describes the excesses and horrors of some of the worst Roman emperors in history. I listened to the audiobook version. The narrator is engaging and easy to understand. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Some of the accounts of the misdeeds of the different emperors were so outlandish, I couldn't help but laugh. For all of the people who say living in the present day is so much worse than how things used to be in the good old days need to read this book! I am a library paraprofessional and received an advance copy of the audiobook from #NetGalley. Opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Naomi's Bookshelf

    I literally laughed out loud while listening to the audiobook! I don't know if enjoyed is a good adjective to describe my experience but I could not put it down. I didn't expect snarky comments about the different rulers to make me chuckle or pause but I would find myself saying, “Wait a second!” and then the book would continue with “That only lasted for a day” or “Just Kidding!” It was so clever! I loved how the material was treated. It could have been so grotesque but the author did his best I literally laughed out loud while listening to the audiobook! I don't know if enjoyed is a good adjective to describe my experience but I could not put it down. I didn't expect snarky comments about the different rulers to make me chuckle or pause but I would find myself saying, “Wait a second!” and then the book would continue with “That only lasted for a day” or “Just Kidding!” It was so clever! I loved how the material was treated. It could have been so grotesque but the author did his best to allude where possible. It was not very detailed for a book about evil emperors and I appreciate that. The ranking was also a highlight for me. You aren't expected to agree but it does give a great review of the ten chapters (in very minor detail obviously). Really recommend! I received a free audiobook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Forgit

    I received an advanced listening copy of Evil Roman Emperors through NetGalley. This was a great overview of the baddest baddies from history. The author does an excellent job adding wit and humor into the subject matter. Great listen for anyone interested in Roman History!

  9. 5 out of 5

    TimetoFangirl

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "The young, progressive, benevolent Gaius had slipped into unconsciousness. What awoke was not the same man." Actual Rating = 3.5 Why is reading about terrible humans so much fun? I don't understand and, honestly, don't care to look too closely into what that might say about me. Regardless, I'm here for it. Let me give a quick disclaimer that the ARC I received was an uncorrected proof and had a ton of formatting and grammar errors. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "The young, progressive, benevolent Gaius had slipped into unconsciousness. What awoke was not the same man." Actual Rating = 3.5 Why is reading about terrible humans so much fun? I don't understand and, honestly, don't care to look too closely into what that might say about me. Regardless, I'm here for it. Let me give a quick disclaimer that the ARC I received was an uncorrected proof and had a ton of formatting and grammar errors. I've worked hard not to let these issues impact my rating since anyone who purchases the book will probably not see this. Pros: I really enjoyed the writing style of this. It was fun and engaging in a way that history books often aren't, and I definitely learned a ton about the worst rulers the Roman empire had to offer. Of note - I knew just about the bare minimum on this topic going in, basically just what they taught us in high school. I was still able to follow along and understand what was happening, so that's a win on the author's part. My only complaint about the writing was that some of the transitions between paragraphs felt really awkward and I occasionally thought I must be missing text. Cons: I didn't like the way this book was structured. It's basically a chapter on each evil ruler, and then a top ten list at the end. I think it would've made more sense to structure the book as a top ten list so that you don't reach the conclusion and have to remember back to rulers you met nine chapters ago to understand the ranking system. This could just be a "me" thing though, so I'm super interested to see other people's feedback!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    My thanks to both NetGalley and the publisher Prometheus Books for an advanced copy of this new history title. When people speak of the "Good old days", after reading Phillip Barlag's Evil Roman Emperors: The Shocking History of Ancient Rome's Most Wicked Rulers from Caligula to Nero and More you'll know they can't be speaking of ancient Rome. Or that they should read more. Mr. Barlag has written a well researched, very interesting book, in a style that is both easy to read and follow, not textbo My thanks to both NetGalley and the publisher Prometheus Books for an advanced copy of this new history title. When people speak of the "Good old days", after reading Phillip Barlag's Evil Roman Emperors: The Shocking History of Ancient Rome's Most Wicked Rulers from Caligula to Nero and More you'll know they can't be speaking of ancient Rome. Or that they should read more. Mr. Barlag has written a well researched, very interesting book, in a style that is both easy to read and follow, not textbook heavy, nor gossipy, about the worst rulers of Rome and its poor subjects. A few of these are well known, but with expanded information, and a clearing up of certain myths and lies that surround their name like Nero or Caligula. Others are less known, or should be forgotten by history, even if their acts and deeds make it very hard to. A true cast of deplorables. The subject matter might get a little harsh, and dark, very dark, but the narrative never grows repetitive or dull, no matter how many family murders or raising of taxes stories appear. A perfect gift for someone just learning about history, or likes books on trivia. Or possibly for one entering politics as a guide to what is acceptable and what is not in proper governance.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    I listened to the audiobook version, so did not have access to any illustrations that may be included in the print version. I liked this book. It is well-researched and very readable. This is Ancient Roman history written for the general public. You do not have to have much prior knowledge of the subject to enjoy this book. Anyone with a passing interest can learn and be entertained by this interesting catalogue of terrible Roman leaders. The tone of the narrative is casual. If a compendium of e I listened to the audiobook version, so did not have access to any illustrations that may be included in the print version. I liked this book. It is well-researched and very readable. This is Ancient Roman history written for the general public. You do not have to have much prior knowledge of the subject to enjoy this book. Anyone with a passing interest can learn and be entertained by this interesting catalogue of terrible Roman leaders. The tone of the narrative is casual. If a compendium of evil emperors can be presented with a sense of humor, this author does a great job. At the same time, the author does not downplay just how bad these people were. It's a perfect read for someone interested in Rome who prefers not to tackle an academic text. Of course, it does not include the detail expected in an academic text either. An appendix of characters discussed in the text is included for convenient reference. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ACR in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I received Evil Roman Emperors audiobook as part of a NetGalley giveaway. The names of a few Roman emperors are probably at least passingly familiar to most: Augustus, Nero, Caligula, Marcus Aurelius. But just who was the worst, in the long, dark, violent history that began with Romulus and ended with Romulus Augustus? Despite the title, the options are not solely limited to emperor, but includes figures from Rome's days as a monarchy and republic. After reviewing 10 candidates, the final chapter I received Evil Roman Emperors audiobook as part of a NetGalley giveaway. The names of a few Roman emperors are probably at least passingly familiar to most: Augustus, Nero, Caligula, Marcus Aurelius. But just who was the worst, in the long, dark, violent history that began with Romulus and ended with Romulus Augustus? Despite the title, the options are not solely limited to emperor, but includes figures from Rome's days as a monarchy and republic. After reviewing 10 candidates, the final chapter concludes with a countdown to, in Barlag's opinion, the worst. This is a fairly light and accessible angle on Roman history; you don't need to know a lot going in, and the narrative moves along at a nice pace. On the flip side, this probably isn't for Roman history lovers, since it is more of an entry-level treatment, But for novices, it's a great look at just how nutty the empire was (particularly its latter centuries) and a nice gateway to deeper reads on the subject.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a free ARC audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Evil Roman Emperors chronicles generations of madness, murder, debauchery, incest, fratricide, regicide, war, obsession, oddities, egomania, and more among Rome's most infamous emperors, from Nero to Caligula to Commodus. The prose is quick, witty, and fun, and the narrator adds an extra touch of humor to the prose. Despite the brevity of Evil Roman Emperors, the sheer volume of history rapidly pro Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a free ARC audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Evil Roman Emperors chronicles generations of madness, murder, debauchery, incest, fratricide, regicide, war, obsession, oddities, egomania, and more among Rome's most infamous emperors, from Nero to Caligula to Commodus. The prose is quick, witty, and fun, and the narrator adds an extra touch of humor to the prose. Despite the brevity of Evil Roman Emperors, the sheer volume of history rapidly profiled here can make following along a challenge for anyone who is not already well-acquainted with Roman history. And while the the many misdeeds of the Roman emperors are certainly outrageous, after a while they start to blend into each other and begin to feel repetitive. I suspect that this is the type of book that could benefit from a second listen, in order to pick up on more of the details that were easy to miss the first time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    This is an entertaining read for anyone even slightly interested in the Roman Empire/Roman Republic. The conversational tone makes it an easy, fun read. I appreciated the brief summaries and "dishonorable mentions," but was disappointed that Domition was only briefly mentioned - and also was not listed in the Epilogue. While some regins were definitely more completely covered than others, it was great to read about lesser-known emperors like Elagabalus and Valentinian III. I do wish Tiberius was This is an entertaining read for anyone even slightly interested in the Roman Empire/Roman Republic. The conversational tone makes it an easy, fun read. I appreciated the brief summaries and "dishonorable mentions," but was disappointed that Domition was only briefly mentioned - and also was not listed in the Epilogue. While some regins were definitely more completely covered than others, it was great to read about lesser-known emperors like Elagabalus and Valentinian III. I do wish Tiberius was given a little more credit for his depravity - Sejanus was an evil man to be sure, but so was Tiberius. Some of the history would be more impactful in chronological order. As organized, some of the history discussed seemed almost tangential because of how it was ordered. Overall a really fun read. Roman history is already so fascinating, but the author definitely made the topic accessible and engaging.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an Advanced Listening Copy in exchange for an honest review. This is an excellent summer read, for anyone interested in Roman history. I think a lot of default to the Senate and Julius Caesar when we think of Rome, but there was so much more to it. While I wouldn't use this as an academic book, it is a fun and quick book looking at the craziness of Rome and its rulers. I found the list of Barlag's worst emperors wasn't needed- all included were "evil" in so m Thank you to NetGalley for providing an Advanced Listening Copy in exchange for an honest review. This is an excellent summer read, for anyone interested in Roman history. I think a lot of default to the Senate and Julius Caesar when we think of Rome, but there was so much more to it. While I wouldn't use this as an academic book, it is a fun and quick book looking at the craziness of Rome and its rulers. I found the list of Barlag's worst emperors wasn't needed- all included were "evil" in so many ways, no ranking needed! David de Vries did a fantastic job at narrator- great pace, and excellent tone. While it is a fairly dramatic subject matter, he was energetic without being over the top.

  16. 4 out of 5

    courtney

    audiobook provided by netgalley — when i was selecting this book from netgalley i just assumed i’d be learning about some really shitty roman emperors but what i got was so much better lmao. the sassy writing in the book made me laugh. since i was given the audiobook version, i’m going to assume that the illustrations in the book were funny as well. the voice actor/narrator was so good. i really enjoyed listening to their voice. so if you’re down to read (or listen) about some really shitty roman e audiobook provided by netgalley — when i was selecting this book from netgalley i just assumed i’d be learning about some really shitty roman emperors but what i got was so much better lmao. the sassy writing in the book made me laugh. since i was given the audiobook version, i’m going to assume that the illustrations in the book were funny as well. the voice actor/narrator was so good. i really enjoyed listening to their voice. so if you’re down to read (or listen) about some really shitty roman emperors with a little added sense of humour from the author then yeah i recommend this book came for history, stayed for the jokes

  17. 5 out of 5

    May

    Roman history, deviant or otherwise, is a subject of endless fascination. What’s never been done before is to look at the worst of the worst at the same time, comparing them side by side, and ranking them against one another. Until now. This is a very interesting book. After 4 years of high school Latin classes, I have always been fascinated by Roman History... It's quite a shock to read about all these horrible rulers and their atrocities in one book. And you wonder why the Roman Empire even la Roman history, deviant or otherwise, is a subject of endless fascination. What’s never been done before is to look at the worst of the worst at the same time, comparing them side by side, and ranking them against one another. Until now. This is a very interesting book. After 4 years of high school Latin classes, I have always been fascinated by Roman History... It's quite a shock to read about all these horrible rulers and their atrocities in one book. And you wonder why the Roman Empire even lasted that long.... There are a lot of very famous people in there but also a few lesser known rulers.... Highly recommended! Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darcysmom

    In Evil Roman Emperors, Phillip Barlag presents us with a rogues gallery of murderers and deviants, all of whom ruled Rome. Due to its broad nature, the book hops and skips throughout the Roman Empire stopping to glance at one evil deed after another. Evil Roman Emperors is accessible history that is fun to read or listen to. I was happy that all the expected big bad rulers were included, but I really liked getting to learn about rulers I hadn't heard of. The narrator of the audiobook is good; how In Evil Roman Emperors, Phillip Barlag presents us with a rogues gallery of murderers and deviants, all of whom ruled Rome. Due to its broad nature, the book hops and skips throughout the Roman Empire stopping to glance at one evil deed after another. Evil Roman Emperors is accessible history that is fun to read or listen to. I was happy that all the expected big bad rulers were included, but I really liked getting to learn about rulers I hadn't heard of. The narrator of the audiobook is good; however, his jollity sometimes doesn't fit the seriousness of the subject matter. Many thanks to Netgalley and Tantor audio for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an advance audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Very enjoyable. I love Roman history and have always been fascinated by some of the Roman Empire's terrible rulers, but this book included some I had not heard much about before. The writing is geared more toward casual readers and is definitely not scholarly. I really liked the narrator - he has one of those voices that instantly makes me calm and I loved listening to him. I'd recommend Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an advance audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Very enjoyable. I love Roman history and have always been fascinated by some of the Roman Empire's terrible rulers, but this book included some I had not heard much about before. The writing is geared more toward casual readers and is definitely not scholarly. I really liked the narrator - he has one of those voices that instantly makes me calm and I loved listening to him. I'd recommend this book to someone who wants to take a dip into Roman history, without being in over their head.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

    Such an enjoyable read! Barlag shares the life stories of some of the most horrific rulers of Ancient Rome and then at the end gives his own ranking of the the top 10 worst rulers and encourages us to do the same and compare our rankings. I found Barlag's writing style so enjoyable despite the heavy topic. Some of the actions of these rulers are nearly unbelievable and because of the complicated and often similar names, this could have been a heavy and difficult read. However, Barlag made it eas Such an enjoyable read! Barlag shares the life stories of some of the most horrific rulers of Ancient Rome and then at the end gives his own ranking of the the top 10 worst rulers and encourages us to do the same and compare our rankings. I found Barlag's writing style so enjoyable despite the heavy topic. Some of the actions of these rulers are nearly unbelievable and because of the complicated and often similar names, this could have been a heavy and difficult read. However, Barlag made it easy to follow. At times, it felt more like watching a TV drama or soap opera than reading ancient history. Would love to see Barlag attack ancient rulers from other cultures in future books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zephyr Marquis

    This book was a bunch of fun to read. I blazed through the various stories and even gasped a few times. I do have to say, I don’t think die hard Rome historians will find this book as funny as I did, and I definitely believe that the author is passionate about his subject, because he made his opinions on certain emperors VERY obvious. All of that considered, this is a book I recommend as an introduction into terrible emperors of Rome and as a jumping off point for your own research. (I received t This book was a bunch of fun to read. I blazed through the various stories and even gasped a few times. I do have to say, I don’t think die hard Rome historians will find this book as funny as I did, and I definitely believe that the author is passionate about his subject, because he made his opinions on certain emperors VERY obvious. All of that considered, this is a book I recommend as an introduction into terrible emperors of Rome and as a jumping off point for your own research. (I received this book in a Netgalley giveaway)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jazmine

    I don’t read a ton of nonfiction because a lot of the time they tend to get textbook-y, but this author does a great job of keeping things light & flowing! Made this one all the more enjoyable. And I learned new things, can’t beat that. Thanks NetGalley & the publisher for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Anderson

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read Evil Roman Emperors for an honest review! If you love Roman history this is the book for you! If you love reading about all the bad things people in the past have done then grab a copy of this book and get reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Christan

    A superb and breezy overview of debauched evil, Roman style. Consider this as a tasty appetizer, to be followed by the main course of Gibbon. Bon appetit!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I love reading about Roman history. This popped up on my radar and I was all in 😂. The author broke down the imperial insanity by chapter so each nut got a moment to shine. The book was funny, informative and definitely one I recommend if you like a storytelling “let’s sit and chat about these guys” type of narrative. Near the end he does a countdown from bad to worst and it’s great. Recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

    It was a great audiobook with a phenomenal narrator. The content was a very informative but not boring. It was concise and to the point, even with a dash of humor. Highly recommend to those interested in Roman History. Thank you to Tantor Audio and RB Media for an early audio galley!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harrison

    A witty, entertaining, and informative journey through the history of Rome, from its foundation to its collapse, told through accounts of its absolute worst leaders (with brief accounts of some of its best). And I mean worst in every sense of the word. Rome may have had some great leaders, but among its worst you'll find murder of every variety, sexual escapades galore, betrayal, mass butchery, and plain old psychopathy. A witty, entertaining, and informative journey through the history of Rome, from its foundation to its collapse, told through accounts of its absolute worst leaders (with brief accounts of some of its best). And I mean worst in every sense of the word. Rome may have had some great leaders, but among its worst you'll find murder of every variety, sexual escapades galore, betrayal, mass butchery, and plain old psychopathy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Barrios

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  41. 5 out of 5

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  42. 4 out of 5

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  43. 5 out of 5

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  44. 4 out of 5

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  45. 5 out of 5

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  46. 4 out of 5

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  49. 4 out of 5

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  50. 5 out of 5

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  51. 4 out of 5

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  52. 5 out of 5

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