I waited to read S.P.Q.R. because I did not want to read yet another history of Rome. Not for the first time, I find myself in error. Mary Beard interrogates our marbled vision of Rome, re-examines the historical record, and writes with wit that warms my Classicist heart.
— From Alex
New York Times
A New York Times
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal
, the Economist, Foreign Affairs
, and Kirkus Reviews
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)
Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize (History)
A San Francisco Chronicle
Holiday Gift Guide Selection
A New York Times Book Review
Editors' Choice Selection
A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (Atlantic).