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"I, Caesar" is a short overview of the lives of some of the best known emperors of the Roman World. It covers the lives of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Hadrian, Constantine and Justinian, an leaves out a few others like Tiberias etc. I understand that it is actually a companion volume to a BBC documentary which I don't have access to. The book is therefore reviewed as a separate entity.
It is a bit disappointing that only the better known emperors (and one dictator) of the Roman Empire is treated in the book. It would have been nice to know a little more about the rest. Yet, the treatment of the emperors that are in the book is interesting and gives a short general overview of each of them. Phil Garbsky can be commended for using ancient sources to compile this book.
What I found very disappointing and even annoying was Phil Garbsky's reading of the book. He started off well, but the wheels started to become apart at Augustus. For me, his reading of the book, just sounds like a job that he needs to get over and done with. Especially long sentences (which he himself wrote) is read as if it is tedious and burdensome. It felt as if Garbsky didn't know his own text or found it boring himself. Thus he almost sinks his own book.
I would recommend this book for content but am a bit reluctant to do so due to the narrator's monotonous tone of voice that just goes on and on and on... even when he changes his voice to indicate that he is quoting someone, the monotonous tone quickly kicks in. I wondered why he went through the trouble of even beginning to read the book?
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