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Old December 25th, 2016, 09:05 AM   #1

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For Christmas I got a set of books by Harry Sidebottom, Throne of the Caesars. He's supposedly a professor of ancient Roman history at Oxford, and the series deals with the Year of the Six Emperors during the Crisis of the 3rd century.

Has anyone else read his books? One review says his work is like "Game of Thrones without the dragons".
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I've read Fire in the East and the one after it, which is from his earlier series. I really enjoyed the first book. It effectively describes the Persian siege of Dura-Europos but borrows heavily from Ammianus and Procopius. As a composite, it's probably the single best volume out there for getting a sense of the Roman-Sassanian frontier and wars before the seventh century despite being a work of fiction. The exception to this is the end, which was dumb, but set up a key plot point for later.
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I have read a couple of the 'Warrior of Rome Series' and enjoyed them. Not my favourite historical novelist but enjoyable nonetheless. I would not go so far as to compare with ASOIAF.
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I have read a couple of the 'Warrior of Rome Series' and enjoyed them. Not my favourite historical novelist but enjoyable nonetheless. I would not go so far as to compare with ASOIAF.
The GOT comparison was to his new series, not Warrior of Rome, which I have yet to read. Throne Of The Caesars jumps from various places across the empire, like Rome in one chapter, Hispania the next, and the northern frontier in the next chapter.
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The GOT comparison was to his new series, not Warrior of Rome, which I have yet to read. Throne Of The Caesars jumps from various places across the empire, like Rome in one chapter, Hispania the next, and the northern frontier in the next chapter.
i really enjoyed this series
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