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There is an interesting but inaccurate information that men think about sex every seven seconds. Although psychologists have proven this information incorrect, TikTok may have helped prove that men don’t think about sex all the time, but instead they think about the Roman Empire.
In thousands of social media posts, women asked the men in their lives how often they thought about the Roman Empire. One person said: “I thought about it yesterday, I thought about it today. On average, about half the days, but sometimes I think about it every day.” Another said “Constantly,” without any irony.
In a handful of videos in which men are questioned about this imagined resolve, they suggest the Roman Empire’s undeniable influence on daily life in America – from the structure politics to highway systems and architecture. Some people can’t get over that it’s “just great.”
If you are someone who can’t stop thinking about the Roman Empire or simply want to better understand a partner or friend who can’t stop thinking about the Roman Empire, the four books below are the best books to read. tells the story of the rise and fall of the largest and most sustainable civilization in history.
SPQR” (2016) by Mary Beard
In this book, Mary Beard passionately recounts the history of Rome, spanning nearly a thousand years of history in an accessible and informative style. Critics have praised the 600-page book for its sensitive attention to class, the struggle for democracy and the lives of groups often overlooked in history. This book follows Beard’s 2007 “The Roman Triumph.”
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (1776-88) by Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon’s six-volume “History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” is considered a broad narrative the most extensive and ambitious of this ancient European civilization. This series covers 13 centuries of kings, wars and social changes – and the events that led to its catastrophic collapse.
Are We Rome?” by Cullen Murphy
Cullen Murphy draws profound parallels between the United States in the 21st century and the Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries. Although many historical documents are drawn from important collections of Gibbons, which also draws comparisons between the Roman Empire and other societies, Murphy offers a new perspective with a more contemporary example from the post-9/11 world.
The Twelve Caesars” by Suetonius
“The Twelve Caesars” is a twelve-book biographical series of Julius Caesar and the first 11 Emperors of the Roman Empire. This book was written by the Roman historian Suetonius in 121 AD, during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. This 500-page compendium is the most popular work of Suetonius, who at the time of its writing was Hadrian’s personal secretary.
If you want to learn more about these books, you can find images and detailed information online or in your local library.