Peter Wiseman

Peter Wiseman is a classicist and emeritus professor at the University of Exeter. His 2019 book, The House of Augustus: A Historical Detective Story, tries to overturn conventional wisdom about Caesar Augustus as the first Roman emperor.

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The best books on Augustus, recommended by Peter Wiseman

Is it possible that Augustus was not the first Roman emperor, but the last of Rome’s great populist champions? That’s what classicist Peter Wiseman argues in his book, The House of Augustus: A Historical Detective Story. Drawing on a lifetime of research and writing on this period, the emeritus professor of classics and ancient history gives a brilliant overview of the Augustan age, and recommends what to read to better understand the adopted son of Julius Caesar, who found Rome in brick and left it in marble.

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