I wonder if all the people who claim to have read SPQR have indeed read it: it is 600 pages long, and I found the chapters about political intrigue and wars to reach into interminable territory. But when the author speaks about regular people, how they lived, how they work, how they married and how they misbehaved, I was captivated. The other wonderful aspect of the book was the profusion of images illustrating the story. How I wish that museums would present inscriptions in particular with the context that they deserve. Recommended for brave readers.