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History Guides - Lafayette

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Dates: 6,000BC - AD650

Selected Books - Reviews

  • Published in 2015, Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar by Tom Holland begins by remind the reader where Rome, both a city and an empire, began in the shadow of a wolf. This theme travels forward through the book, as the many Caesar's attempted to ride the wolf of Rome without being devoured by it. Tracing the history of the August Family, Julius Caesar opens the conversation, but it quickly shifts to focus on Augustus and his Claudian wife, Livia. At 482 pages, including a bibliography and index, this title leads the reader through the splendid and sordid moments and affairs of the five men who followed the founder of their dynasty, the original Caesar himself. Several family trees are present as helpful guides to show who was adopted by whom, and to whom individuals were married over the course of their lives. While still convoluted by necessity, the various trails which this family followed are kept in as tidy of an order as possible, as the Roman Empire becomes the overarching institution she fought to be for so long. Holland makes sure to point out how deeply entwined the aristocratic Claudian family was with the house of Caesar, as marriages and adoptions push the two groups into closer and closer proximity. 

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Classics: Ancient History

Along with the nonfiction titles and resources included above, here are pieces of classic literature which were written during the period, or which were set within it:

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