Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Via @SarahEBond, I found Adrian Murdoch's excellent Youtube channel.

Here he has over 70 short videos, a couple minutes each, dedicated to individual Roman emperors.  It can't be comprehensive with just two or three minutes, of course, but it gives a very good overview of the basic biographical details.  Perhaps it can be a good alternative to looking up details on Wikipedia (which recently was thoroughly dismantled by Peter Head, by the way).

I have not read anything by Murdoch, since I don't spend much time working on Roman history, but I have enjoyed dozens of these videos already.  As a good example, I have embedded his video on Titus.

UPDATE:  As Adrian Murdoch notes in the comments below, the series has been collected into a book, Emperors of Rome, for Kindle.

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  1. Thanks so much for the kind words. The whole point of the project was precisely to be an (accurate) alternative to Wikipedia. I thought you might be interested that the series has been published as a book tinyurl.com/pvay6bo

  2. Thanks for your comment. I have updated the post with the link to your book.