Are there any books on the rise of the Roman Empire of the same quality as Gibbon's "Decline and Fall"?
- EnguerarrardLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes, several. Gibbon relied on written texts. Much archaeological evidence has come to light since then. "Caesar" by Adrain Goldsworthy is very good.
Historical fiction is very good for getting at the feel of a period. Robert Graves' novel "I, Claudius," is superb and gives an in depth look at the incredible ritualism of Roman life, something that is absent from history books
- EdwardLv 74 years ago
You mean dust dry and soporific? No.
But Suetonius 'The Twelve Caesars' is a definitive work and is a far better read.
But it doesn't cover the fall of the empire.
- AthenaLv 74 years ago
Two dozen I can think of right off hand.
What aspect of the time are you interested in?
Military, political, social, literary, or economic history?
- Anonymous4 years ago
The liberals and homosexuals have probably either doctored them up or made them disappear.