Chris Scarre, “Chronicle of the Roman Emperors”

This is sort of a slightly undersized coffee-table book (lots of white space, sidebars, illustrations), but the author is a real academic.

Anyway, here’s a thought:  After reading about these bloodthirsty, sex-crazed tyrants, it occurs to me that  perhaps all that would have given Christianity some reactive appeal.  (Also, it should caution us Westerners from reflexively looking down on non-Western countries just because their leaders had similar foibles.)

One tidbit from the book (41):  Herod Agrippa was involved in the burial of Caligula — he had been sent by his grandfather to Rome where he was in the imperial court.