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Stephen Dando-Collins

Stephen Dando-Collins is the award-winning author of 43 books, including children's novels and biographies. The majority of his works deal with military history ranging from Greek and Roman times to American 19th century history and World War I and World War II. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Albanian, and Korean. Born in Launceston, Tasmania, he has a background in advertising, marketing and market research, working in Australia and England, before becoming a full-time author in 1996. In 2014, Stephen and his wife Louise founded the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words in Stephen’s home state of Tasmania. With 82 authors on the program, it was Tasmania’s largest ever writers’ festival and one of the largest in regional Australia. It continues today as the Tamar Valley Writers Festival. Considered an authority on the legions of ancient Rome, his most recent work on the subject, 2012's Legions of Rome, was the culmination of decades of research into the individual legions of Rome. With all his books, Dando-Collins aims to travel roads that others have not, unearthing new facts and opening new perspectives on often forgotten or overlooked people and aspects of history. In 2019 he makes a much anticipated return to ancient Rome with the biography CALIGULA, The Mad Emperor of Rome, being published in the US in July in print, e-book, and audiobook.


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Rome’s Most Infamous Emperor: Was Caligula Mad or Bad?

Today, pundits and psychiatrists furiously debate the definition of ‘madness’. Where do narcissism, self-delusion, and an apparent inability to conceive of consequences of actions cross the boundary...