A masterful history of Rome's first imperial dynasty by the award-winning author of Rubicon, Persian Fire and In the Shadow of the Sword.

‘Deft and skilful . . . a formidable effort to compile what we can know about the ancient world and a sensational story’ Nick Cohen, Observer

‘A wonderful, surging narrative - a brilliant and meticulous synthesis of the ancient sources . . . This is a story that should be read by anyone interested in history, politics or human nature - and it has never been better told’ Mail on Sunday.