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Publisher's Summary

Dynasty tells the story of Rome's first dynasty of emperors, from its establishment by Augustus Caesar in the last decades of the first century BC to its final, florid extinction less than a century later. The line of autocrats known to historians as the 'Julio-Claudians' remains to this day a byword for depravity.
The brilliance of its allure and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes still haunt the public imagination. When people think of imperial Rome, it is the cities of Tiberius and Caligula, of Claudius and Nero that is most likely to come into their minds.
Dynasty Tom Holland provides not only a compelling history of this fascinating family but a portrait of the entire Roman world.
©2015 Tom Holland (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A compelling detective story of the highest order, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a dazzlingly colourful journey into the world of late antiquity. Every bit as thrilling a narrative history as Holland's previous works, [it] is also a profoundly important book." ( Sunday Times on In the Shadow of the Sword)
"Written with flamboyant elegance and energetic intensity, Holland delivers a brilliant tour de force of revisionist scholarship and thrilling storytelling with a bloodspattered cast of swashbuckling tyrants, nymphomaniacal empresses and visionary prophets.... Unputdownable. " (Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Times, on In the Shadow of the Sword)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Canuck2016 on 03-30-18

Great Storytelling

Tom Holland has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Roman history and a sharp eye for luscious and telling detail. His portraits of Roman emperors, from Julius Cesar to Nero, are compelling and the glimpses of Roman culture highly entertaining.

I learn a lot of history from Dynasty. But I recommend it because Holland tells a great story and the narration is superb.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jai K. on 12-08-15

Brilliant

Fantastic book. Narration excellent, but Tom Holland's understanding and bringing to life of this period is mesmerizing!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trisha on 12-04-15

Splendid account

If you could sum up Dynasty in three words, what would they be?

A very enjoyable audio book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dynasty?

I was unaware of the sweep and influence of the roman emperors

What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A very enjoyable reading

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I like to listen to audio books as I complete other tasks

Any additional comments?

I recommend this audio book to other listeners who love history

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