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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR gives a humorous and human look at the history of Ancient Rome and all its great and not so great leaders. Mary Beard begins with the founding myth of Remus and Romulus and continues on, considering figures like Caesar, Nero and Caligula with a dry wit. She challenges many of the “known” facts about these leaders and about Rome itself with detailed arguments and convincing anecdotes. SPQR is not a dry textbook on history or the long and sprawling work of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Instead, Mary Beard writes about Ancient Rome in a way that brings out the intimate and animated details of life in the empire. By challenging facts and myths alike, she shows us a very different picture of this empire. Through reading this book, you get to experience the curious and amusing oddities of Rome and its people. You will not be bored with this very readable new classic take on the history of Ancient Rome!

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