When I was a kid, Indiana Jones was my hero. He was smart. He fought Nazis. He had a whip!! I wanted to be just like him. While I never became an archaeologist (or learned how to use a whip), my love for Indiana Jones did provide me with a lifelong fascination with history. I love reading history books. I even minored in history in college. But somehow, I hadn’t learned much about the Roman Empire, even though it’s one of the most important institutions in the history of civilization. When I saw Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss sitting on the new releases shelf, I thought it would be a good opportunity to fix that gap in my knowledge.
I ended up being disappointed. Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations. After all, it was not really fair to expect 300-ish pages to provide me with all of the information I would want about a time period spanning 400-ish years.