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TL;DR- How much should you pay for this book? No more than 40 USD.
This book has it all! The actual series of events, the religious world of the Roman world, the global economy, mainly focusing
on Aurelian's attempt to stop the inflation of his empire's currency, and an excellent geo-political analysis on the multiple emperors who carved up their domains ultimately setting the stage for Aurelian's inhuman reconquest of the entire Roman empire.
Watson goes into sufficient detail on Aurelian's military campaigns against Zenobia and Zabdas, and the last Gallic emperor, Tetricus II, the prime meat of the book. However, he also discusses in depth the emperor's attempts at managing the economy and, of course, his holy enterprise on bringing Sol Invictus to the forefront of the Roman lifestyle. We not only get a list of what Aurelian did, but we get a proper protagonist with clear-cut motives.
It's all an engaging read, and it's very easy to digest. Unlike other titles like "Failure of Empire" by Noel Lenski, I wasn't looking up definitions every other page.
The only drawback is that it's a short read, but it certainly is a worthwhile one!

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