Sign of a good book: You glance and the counter and are disappointed that only 30 minutes remain. So much of what we know about Roman emperors comes to us from writers who wrote with little regard for historical accuracy and with overwhelmingly political agendas. But Dando-Collins proves delightfully adept at giving honest examinations of ancient sources and piecing together some very plausible theories. The result is a meaty re-examination of the adult life of Nero, complete with some fun "what if" conjecture that intellectuals and casual fans of classical history will enjoy. Disclaimer: The previous review is quite misleading. Dando-Collins never makes the claim that Christians were not persecuted in Rome. Far from it. He does question the validity of later writers' claims that they were widely persecuted under Nero. But that's Dando-Collins' gift: separating concrete facts from supposition, popular tradition, and obvious fallacies. Well done.
Immeasurably more enjoyable than any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Not the best Chrichton novel, but certainly not the worst (see Next). Pure fun that will have you searching for more pirate novels.
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