"Thrilling. . . Bringing the sources into artful alignment--affirming one account here, dismissing another there--takes expert eyes, and Romm clearly has them. . . A careful work of fine scholarship . . . It binds an otherwise mind-boggling narrative into a skillfully coherent whole."
--Brendan Boyle, "New Criterion"
"James Romm succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life the seven-year period. . . The range of personality types in this complex web of tales is broad, and Romm delineates them sharply enough so that most readers will soon enough have picked their favorites."
--Jeremy Rutter, History Book Club
"Fast-paced and absorbing. . . Romm brings to life the Bodyguards and their struggles to maintain their territories . . . Romm's captivating study stands alongside Robin Waterfield's engaging recent "Dividing the Spoils" as a sterling account of a little discussed era in ancient history."
"Scholarly but colorful account of the toxshow more