SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Mary Beard

608 pages first pub 2015 (editions)

nonfiction history informative slow-paced


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).In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passi...

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informative 96%
reflective 31%
challenging 29%
adventurous 12%
funny 7%
inspiring 5%
dark 3%
lighthearted 3%
relaxing 2%


slow 56%
medium 39%
fast 4%

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