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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Tales of Titans: Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance is a non-fiction biographical work written by Rich DiSilvio. In this first volume, DiSilvio presents a biography and discussion of eleven Titans; individuals in history who profoundly affected Western civilization. He begins with Augustus Caesar who ruled over the Roman Empire for over forty years and had to settle for Tiberius, his wife Livia's son from another marriage, as his heir and successor. The author makes the reader privy to the scene where the 76-year-old ruler is discussing Tiberius with Livia. His biographical account of Vespasian and Titus presents a dramatic version of the events leading to Masada and the mass suicide of the Sicarii tribe. Tales of Titans progresses through looks at Constantine, Dante, Christopher Columbus and others, and concludes with the Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci.
Rich DiSilvio's collection of short biographies of historical personages, Tales of Titans: Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance, offers the reader a thought-provoking and cunningly concentrated look at the history of Western civilization. The author zeroes in on those people who made a marked impact on society and culture. I was particularly fascinated with his take on Christopher Columbus, Dante, Brunelleschi and the Renaissance, but found each Titan's tale to be both informative and entertaining. While it's obvious that the conversations DiSilvio presents between characters are more in the realm of historical fiction than history, I found this work to be an excellent world history survey, and felt that reading each tale was an enriching experience. I was also very impressed with the Bibliography and Primary List of Sources DiSilvio provides for further reading. Tales of Titans: Vol. I: From Rome to the Renaissance is highly recommended.