Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Caligula: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History

Title: Caligula: A Life From Beginning to End
Author: Hourly History
Publication: September 12th 2017

Genre: Nonfiction, History
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3/5

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Caligula was one of the first rulers of the Roman Empire, and yet numbers among the most famous. His family history is mired in political scandals, tragedy, and murderous plots to forward the agendas of shadowy cabals that sought to oppose the nation in its early infancy. The full story of his life begins long before his birth, and his legacy continues long after his sensational murder at the hands of those closest to him.

Inside you will read about...

✓ The Rise of the Roman Empire
✓ The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
✓ Caligula’s Rise to Power
✓ An Emperor Driven Mad
✓ An Emperor Becomes a God
✓ The Assassination of the Emperor
And much more!

A true product of his time, Caligula’s rich and colorful story is sure to draw you in until the very end.

"The history of Ancient Rome is as rich in intricacies and plot twists as any modern-day soap opera."

Caligula is probably the one ruler of the Roman Empire that fascinates me the most. A lot of mystery and intrigue surround him and his short reign of three years and ten months so I didn't hesitate to start this book once I received it.

I do have to admit that I was a tad disappointed that the first few chapters weren't actually about Caligula's life. It was mostly about some of the rulers who came before him, especially Tiberius. In my opinion, it wasn't actually until chapter six (out of the 9 + the conclusion) that it was really about Caligula. I do understand that we had to have a little backstory about the men that came before him but still, I would've rather read more about Caligula himself. 

Aside from all of that I did like this book as I do all of Hourly History's book. I don't think I could ever get tired to read about ancient Rome because I always learn something new. It wasn't any different with this time around so that in itself was a positive point for me. The Julio-Claudian dynasty was definitely very fascinating, it can't be denied.

Overall, despite wanting just a little bit more about Caligula himself, I definitely liked Caligula: A Life From Beginning to End. As always these books are quick reads and can easily be read in one sitting, which is what I did with this one. 

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  1. I am completely fascinated with the events in ancient Rome. Too bad about this though. It sounded like it had some really good potential too.

    1. It was okay to read once but I just wanted a little more.


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