The glorious Caesars

Rome’s first emperors are often decried as tyrannical, sex-mad monsters – but, as Tom Holland explains, the likes of Augustus, Caligula and Nero brought peace and stability to the Roman world...

A 1985 production of 'Julius Caesar'. For all their despotism, Romans thanked their first three emperors for delivering them from the curse of civil war. (Photo by Jean-Jacques BERNIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

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