Luis Granados is a Washington, DC attorney and a student of the history of organized religion. He publishes a weekly article on www.luisgranados.com/blog relating a current headline to an episode from religious history, demonstrating how little things change from religion to religion, from century to century. These articles are now carried also by Secular News Daily and Rant & Reason, the blog of the American Humanist Association. Longer magazine articles on religious history have appeared within the last year in Secular Nation, Free Inquiry, and the Humanist. The author not an atheist. He is more of an agnostic/deist: a suspecter, not a believer. He resents being told what to do by people who claim to speak for God. “A large portion of what is wrong with the world, for a long time, has been caused by giving these frauds more credit than they deserve,” Granados said. “I want to embolden people to follow in the footsteps of the heroes of Damned Good Company, that the world may be run more on principles of ‘What makes sense?’ than on principles of ‘What did God say about that?’” Since 2005, Luis has practiced law on a half-time basis while devoting the other half to the study of the scandals of organized religion.
From the conquest of the Mediterranean beginning in the third century BC to the destruction of the Roman Empire at the hands of barbarian invaders some seven centuries later, we discover the most critical episodes in Roman history: the spectacular collapse of the 'free' republic, the birth of the age of the 'Caesars', the violent suppression of the strongest rebellion against Roman power, and the bloody civil war that launched Christianity as a world religion.
At the heart of this account are the dynamic, complex but flawed characters of some of the most powerful rulers in history: men such as Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero and Constantine. Putting flesh on the bones of these distant, legendary figures, Simon Baker looks beyond the dusty, toga-clad caricatures and explores their real motivations and ambitions, intrigues and rivalries.
The superb narrative, full of energy and imagination, is a brilliant distillation of the latest scholarship and a wonderfully evocative account of Ancient Rome.