I feel like a jerk not rating this five stars, since it's such a world-renouned classic, but it can be dry in parts. To be fair, I'm sure it isn't easy to avoid sounding repetitious while accounting for each Roman Emperor's fate since the Republic fell... they begin to sound alike (this one killed that one, etc). Still, it is worth the effort to read this... especially when current events raise so many comparisons between our country and the latter-day Roman Empire. I read this in anticipation of moving to Italy for two years, and I'm glad I did. There are so many ruins and archaeological sites here, and I now at least have a passing familiarity with more aspects of Roman history. This is one of those books I believe will pay to read again in a few years, when I have accumulated more knowledge on the topic from other sources.