From the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the invasion of the Huns in 453 A.D., this is a well organized survey of the history of Rome. The emperors are described in relation to the way each used the military, increased the empire, influenced architecture and controlled (or failed to control) the increasingly shaky economy. There is an especially good follow up on how all these factors bore on the habits and daily life of Roman citizens. The author is particularly able in handling the results of the conflict in principle that arose with the introduction of Christianity. Time Line. List of Emperors. Suggestions for further reading -- annotated.