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Caligula The Abuse of Power

Caligula: The Abuse of Power

2nd Edition

By Anthony A. Barrett
December 12, 2019

The Roman Empire has always exercised a considerable fascination. Among its numerous colourful personalities, no emperor, with the possible exception of Nero, has attracted more popular attention than Caligula, who has a reputation, whether deserved or not, as the quintessential mad and dangerous ...

Honorius The Fight for the Roman West AD 395-423

Honorius: The Fight for the Roman West AD 395-423

1st Edition

By Chris Doyle
July 24, 2018

Honorius explores the personal life and tumultuous times of one of the last emperors of the Roman West. From his accession to the throne aged ten to his death at thirty-eight, Honorius’ reign was blighted by a myriad of crises: military rebellions, political conspiracies, barbarian invasions, and ...

Augustus

Augustus

2nd Edition

By Patricia Southern
June 16, 2017

The first Emperor of Rome holds a perennial fascination for anyone with an interest in the Romans and their Empire. Augustus was a truly remarkable man who brought peace after many years of civil wars and laid the foundations of an Empire that lasted for nearly five centuries. Even today the Roman ...

Vespasian

Vespasian

2nd Edition

By Barbara Levick
October 13, 2016

From a pre-eminent biographer in the field, this volume examines the life and times of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements. Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace and ...

Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

1st Edition

By Stephen Williams
December 10, 1996

First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Marcus Aurelius A Biography

Marcus Aurelius: A Biography

2nd Edition

By Anthony R Birley
August 08, 2000

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 ...

Nero The End of a Dynasty

Nero: The End of a Dynasty

1st Edition

By Miriam Griffin
December 28, 2000

Nero's personality and crimes have always intrigued historians and writers of fiction. However, his reign also illuminates the nature of the Julio-Claudian Principate. Nero's suicide brought to an end the dynasty Augustus had founded, and placed in jeopardy the political system he had ...

Tiberius the Politician

Tiberius the Politician

2nd Edition

By Barbara Levick
October 20, 1999

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 ...

Septimius Severus The African Emperor

Septimius Severus: The African Emperor

2nd Edition

By Anthony R Birley
November 16, 1999

In this, the only biography of Septimius Severus in English, Anthony R. Birley explors how 'Roman' or otherwise this man was and examines his remarkable background and career.Severus was descended from Phoenician settlers in Tripolitania, and his reign, AD 193-211, represents a key point in Roman ...

Claudius

Claudius

2nd Edition

By Barbara Levick
May 13, 2015

Claudius became emperor after the assassination of Caligula, and was deified by his successor Nero in AD 54. Opinions of him have varied greatly over succeeding centuries, but he has mostly been caricatured as a reluctant emperor, hampered by a speech impediment, who preferred reading to ruling. ...

Domitian Tragic Tyrant

Domitian: Tragic Tyrant

1st Edition

By Pat Southern
April 24, 1997

This is the first ever study to assess Emperor Domitian from a psychological point of view and covers his entire career from the early years and the civil war AD through the imperial rule to the dark years and the psychology of suspicion. Pat Southern strips away hyperbole and sensationalism from ...

Hadrian The Restless Emperor

Hadrian: The Restless Emperor

1st Edition

By Anthony R Birley, Anthony R. Birley
April 27, 2000

Hadrian's reign (AD 117-138) was a watershed in the history of the Roman Empire. Hadrian abandoned his predecessor Trajan's eastern conquests - Mesopotamia and Armenia - trimmed down the lands beyond the lower Danube, and constructed new demarcation lines in Germany, North Africa, and most famously...

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