Throne of the Caesars: Iron and Rust
by Harry Sidebottom
Many of us are familiar with the names (and order) of the Roman emperors in their heyday—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero. By the 3rd century, it’s hard to come up with even a couple of names. Iron and Rust, the first book in the Throne of the Caesars trilogy, opens in 235 with the murder of Severus Alexander and his mother, and the end of the Severan dynasty. The trilogy takes us through to 238, a year that saw a total of six emperors in power, most of them very briefly indeed.