An illustrated introduction to the eighty-five Roman emperors who collectively held the purple for just over five hundred years. It includes all those who held supreme power (hence the title Augustus) from Octavian-Augustus to Romulus Augustulus in the west and Anastasius I in the east. Through this excellent reference we discover what it would have been like to be an emperor, and exactly what they did all day.
From Augustus to Romulus Augustulus, this comprehensive volume reveals how the Roman Emperors ran the empire in peace and war, in public and behind the scenes. Seven thematic chapters range from the foundation of the empire and the different paths to power, to imperial building projects in Rome and Constantinople and the emperors on campaign. The text is vivid and accessible; it includes 10 special features boxes, along with maps, diagrams, tables of useful information, and more than 80 quotations from ancient commentators.