Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome (Chronicle) Focusing on the succession of 80 Roman emperors, using timelines and visual aids. Information such as who built the Colosseum and when Rome was sacked by the Goths is provided. There are biographical portraits of the 56 principal emperors from Augustus to Constantine, with a concluding section on the later emperors. Contemporary judgements made by writers such as Suetonius and Tacitus are balanced by character assessments made in the light of modern research. The famous and the infamous emperors are all looked at, including Caligula and Claudius, Trajan and Caracalla. Each emperor is introduced by a coin portrait, a bust and a datafile listing information about their lives.
Nero (Lancaster Pamphlets) The reign of Nero is often judged to be the embodiment of the extravagance and corruption that have, for many, come to symbolise ancient Rome. David Shotter provides a reassessment of this view in this accessible introduction to Nero, emperor of Rome from AD 54 to AD 68. All the major issues are discussed including: Nero's early life and accession to power, Nero's perception of himself, Nero's domestic and international policies, and the reasons for Nero's fall from power and its aftermath.
Marcus Aurelius: A Biography (Roman Imperial Biographies) Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire between AD 161 and 180, is one of the best recorded individuals from antiquity. Even his face became more than usually familiar: the imperial coinage displayed his portrait for over 40 years, from the clean-shaven young heir of Antonius to the war-weary, heavily bearded ruler who died at his post in his late fifties. His correspondence with his tutor Fronto, and even more the private notebook he kept for his last ten years, the Meditations, provides a unique series of vivid and revealing glimpses into the character and peoccupations of this emporer who spent many years in terrible wars against northern tribes. In this accessible and scholarly study, Professor Birley paints a portrait of an emporer who was human and just, an embodiment of the pagan virtues of Rome.
Tiberius the Politician (Roman Imperial Biographies) Tiberius has always been one of the most enigmatic of the Roman emperors. At the same time, his career is uniquely important for the understanding of the Empire's development on the foundations laid by Augustus. Barbara Levick offers a comprehensive and engaging portrait of the life and times of Tiberius, including an exploration of his ancestry and his education, an analysis of his provincial and foreign policy and an examination of his debauched final years and his posthumous reputation.
Chronicle of the Roman Republic: The Rulers of Ancient Rome from Romulus to Augustus (Chronicles) From Romulus to Augustus, the Chronicle of the Roman Republic examines the succession of leaders who took Rome from a small fortified hilltop to the greatest empire of antiquity. Here we meet the builders of Rome - superstitious, brutal and utterly uncompromising, but often men of great honour and principle. They could stoop to the depths of depravity, but could also be unflinchingly, even suicidally, brave. This book describes 56 of the foremost Romans of the Republic, spanning the centuries from its birth to its bloody death. In this history we see the best and worst of the Roman elite. Some, such as Tarquin the Proud, Julius Caesar and Pompey are well known. Others are less familiar - men like Licinius Crassus, a kind father and a loving husband, who captured slaves in their thousands. Or Cato the Censor, upright and incorruptible, xenophobic and misogynistic. This is a highly readable and authoritative account, ideal for home or school reference, and as a companion to the bestselling Chronicle of the Roman Emperors.
Year of the Four Emperors (Roman Imperial Biographies) After the death of the infamous Nero in AD 68, the Romans might have hoped that AD 69 would usher in a new era of peace and stability. It was not to be. Before January was out, the new emperor, Galba, had been brutally assassinated, and the next two successors to the imperial throne, Otho and Vitellius, were to meet with equally violent ends. This period of turmoil also saw two desperate battles at Cremona, the capture of Rome for Vespasian - fourth and final emperor of the year - and a civil war in Italy which shook the farthest reaches of the Empire. Yet AD 69 was notable for its historical importance as well as its compelling drama. It marked the watershed between the first and second imperial dynasties and the passing of an old order. The Senate, which had long been resting on past republican glories, was shown to be petty and ineffectual in the hour of crisis, while, ironically, the battles between rival Roman armies only enhanced their endurance. The military efficiency of the empire was not impaired by the civil war, and its political structure was reaffirmed. Kenneth Wellesley's gripping account, The Year of the Four Emperors combines an elegant and exciting narrative with sound, meticulous scholarship based on his intimate knowledge of the Histories of Tacitus. Now with a new introduction and bibliographical material by Barbara Levick, the book will once more be welcomed as the standard work on this turbulent period in Rome's imperial past.
Sex Lives of the Roman Emperors (Sex Lives) The Romans were known to be a particular depraved when it came to sex, in fact, their sex lives are notorious. And is it any wonder? In Italy, they succeeded the Etruscans who enjoyed public nudity and generally preferred sex with boys. In the Mediterranean, the Roman Empire succeeded that of the Greeks who also had a very relaxed attitude to nudity, prostitution, homosexuality, promiscuity and the depiction of sex in the arts and religion. With no power to restrain them, the Roman emperors would indulge themselves in any way they fancied - often in the most degenerate way possible. Sex Lives of the Roman Emperors is a light-hearted yet meticulously researched look at the Ancient leaders and their sexual excesses. It will give a genuine insight into the characters of those people who have shaped our history and culture.
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