Et Tu, Brute?

The Deaths of the Roman Emperors

Jason Novak (Author)


A cartoonist’s wry and bloody romp through Roman history.

A work of cartoon history with a touch of Edward Gorey’s dark wit, Et Tu, Brute? is an irreverent, illustrated compendium of the deaths of all the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus. Here in all their glory are Nero (stabbing himself in the throat), Tiberius (smothered in his sleep by his successor), Caligula (killed by his own praetorian guard), Claudius (fed poisonous mushrooms by his wife), Commodus (strangled by his wrestling partner), Antoninus (died of a surfeit of cheese), and many more.

Book Details

  • Hardcover, Paper over boards
  • June 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-63573-7
  • 5.6 × 7.3 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“A witty and delightfully morbid book that will make you wonder why on earth anyone would want to be a Roman Emperor.” — Mike Duncan, best-selling author of The Storm Before the Storm

“This twisted and fantastically illustrated survey of the brutal fate of every Roman Emperor is a strong reminder to study history—because we sure as hell don’t want to repeat it.” — Wendy MacNaughton, best-selling author of Pen & Ink

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