Books & Poetry

Mary Beard

Mad, bad and dangerous to know: what it meant to be Roman emperor
ONE year after he became Rome’s first official emperor, Augustus completed a building project which his great-uncle Julius Caesar – the military dictator who polished off the limited democracy of the Republic – had started. It was, says Mary Beard in her new book Emperor of Rome: “A vast new marble voting hall.” It could hold 50,000 people.