A very kind interview with Adrian Murdoch by Hamish Hutchinson in the Alloa Advertiser about Emperors of Rome, his book on the seventy-eight Roman emperors who ruled in the West, from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus:

Murdoch’s idea to humanise the figures leads to some surprisingly odd revelations – among them, the hair facts.

Adrian went on, “Lucius Verus was so vain that he put highlights – gold dust – in his hair. He didn’t want anyone to think he was going grey. A lot of emperors were very touchy when they started going bald. They went out their way to stop statues showing their balding heads – that’s why Julius Caesar would be posed with a head wreath.

You can read the full interview here.


Out now from Rott is Adrian Murdoch’s Emperors of Rome. The book is a lively yet academically rigorous account of the seventy-eight Roman emperors from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus who ruled in the West for the 503 years between 27 BC and AD 476. It also attempts to look behind the throne at the emperor as a man. It has 69 colour illustrations and each chapter has an up-to-date bibliography. Taking in written accounts – historical, literary and epigraphic – archaeology, art and coinage, Emperors of Rome reflects current academic thinking.

Adrian Murdoch is a historian, journalist and broadcaster. A former senior correspondent for Reuters, he is the author of a number of books, including Rome’s Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest. Andrew Roberts named it one of the books of 2006 in the Daily Telegraph and Tom Holland called it “surely the definitive work on the massacre in the Teutoburger Wald”. He has presented and appeared in a number of documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic and PBS. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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We have a number of new books in the pipeline for this winter. A new translation of the first German novel about World War I which will be out early next year. More details to come. Before then, in time for Christmas, we have Emperors of Rome by Adrian Murdoch. A history of every Roman emperor in the West from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus. I shall post the cover as soon as our designer is finished with it. And before Easter, our first Kindle Single – a biography of Hans Rott, the man who gave his name to this publishing house. Watch this space!


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