- Peter Crawford
- ARRSE Rating
- 3.5 Mushroom Heads
This is a highly researched biography full of detail, and that was the problem, it was very sparse on background information. Without a doubt this was the hardest book that ever had to read let alone review, after four chapters I had to go back and start again to see why I couldn't get on with it. It is a list of dates and detail with no background explanation. As an example the book states that Zeno had a problem with the Samaritans but I could not discover who the Samaritans were nor what problems they caused for the Emperor, even going to the Index and reading every page listed on the Samaritans no further explanation was forthcoming. The whole book goes on and on like this.
Without a doubt its a scholarly presentation and far too complex for the like of me, I suggest that it could be used in parts to refer to the Emperors' reign when studying Roman History however it is NOT an easy nor interesting read. Have you ever tried reading a family tree where everyone is called Smith and there are no other details available except for the dates ? Well this is it!
Three and a half mushroom heads based on it being a terribly difficult read.