Roman Imperial Biographies

  • Claudius

    2nd Edition

    By Barbara Levick

    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.…

    Hardback – 2015-05-12
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  • Caligula

    The Abuse of Power, 2nd Edition

    By Anthony A. Barrett

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-03-12
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  • Augustus

    2nd Edition

    By Patricia Southern

    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…

    Hardback – 2013-09-23
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  • Galerius and the Will of Diocletian

    By William Lewis Leadbetter

    Drawing from a variety of sources - literary, visual, archaeological; papyri, inscriptions and coins – the author studies the nature of Diocletian’s imperial strategy, his wars, his religious views and his abdication. The author also examines Galerius’ endeavour to take control of Diocletian’s…

    Paperback – 2013-03-22
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  • Constantine and the Christian Empire

    2nd Edition

    By Charles Odahl

    This biographical narrative is a detailed portrayal of the life and career of the first Christian emperor Constantine the Great (273 – 337). Combining vivid narrative and historical analysis, Charles Odahl relates the rise of Constantine amid the crises of the late Roman world, his dramatic…

    Paperback – 2012-09-05
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  • Julius Caesar

    The Colossus of Rome

    By Richard A. Billows

    Julius Caesar offers a lively, engaging, and thoroughly up-to-date account of Caesar’s life and times. Richard Billows’ dynamic and fast paced narrative offers an imaginative recounting of actions and events, providing the ideal introduction to Julius Caesar for general readers and students of…

    Paperback – 2011-08-19
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  • Vespasian

    By Barbara Levick

    From a pre-eminent biographer in the field, this well-documented and illustrated biography examines the life and time of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements. Examining received opinions on Vespasian, Barbara…

    Paperback – 2005-06-23
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  • Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99

    By John D Grainger, John Grainger

    The imperial succession at Rome was notoriously uncertain, and where possible hereditary succession was preferred. John Grainger's detailed study looks at aperiod of intrigue and conspiracy. He explores how, why and by whom Domitian was killed, the rule of Nerva, chosen to succeed him, and finally…

    Paperback – 2004-08-19
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  • Aurelian and the Third Century

    By Alaric Watson

    Aurelian and the Third Century provides a re-evaluation, in the light of recent scholarship, of the difficulties facing the Roman empire in the AD 260s and 270s, concentrating upon the reign of the Emperor Aurelian and his part in summoning them. With introduction examining the situation in…

    Paperback – 2003-12-11
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  • Trajan

    Optimus Princeps

    By Julian Bennett

    Did Trajan really deserve his reputation as the embodiment of all imperial virtues? Why did Dante, writing in the Middle Ages, place him in the sixth sphere of Heaven among the Just and Temperate rulers?In this, the only biography of Trajan available in English, Julian Bennett rigorously tests the…

    Paperback – 2000-12-21
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  • Year of the Four Emperors

    3rd Edition

    By Kenneth Wellesley

    After Nero's notorious reign, the Romans surely deserved a period of peace and tranquility. Instead, during AD69, three emperors were murdered: Galba, just days into the post, Otho and Vitellius. The same year also saw civil war in Italy, two desperate battles at Cremona and the capture of Rome for…

    Paperback – 2000-07-20
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  • The Age of Justinian

    The Circumstances of Imperial Power

    By J. A. S. Evans

    The Age of Justinian examines the reign of the great emperor Justinian (527-565) and his wife Theodora, who advanced from the theatre to the throne. The origins of the irrevocable split between East and West, between the Byzantine and the Persian Empire are chronicled, which continue up to the…

    Paperback – 2000-06-29
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  • Hadrian

    The Restless Emperor

    By Anthony R Birley, Anthony R. Birley

    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…

    Paperback – 2000-02-24
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  • Tiberius the Politician

    2nd Edition

    By Barbara Levick

    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…

    Paperback – 1999-08-26
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  • Agrippina

    Mother of Nero

    By Anthony A. Barrett

    Agrippina the Younger attained a level of power in first-century Rome unprecedented for a woman. In this first biography of Agrippina in English, Anthony A. Barrett draws on the latest archaeological, numismatic, and historical evidence to create a startling new picture of this influential and…

    Paperback – 1999-08-26
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  • Septimius Severus

    The African Emperor, 2nd Edition

    By Anthony R Birley

    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…

    Paperback – 1999-03-11
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  • Theodosius

    The Empire at Bay

    By Gerard Friell, Stephen Williams

    Emperor Theodosius (379-95) was the last Roman emperor to rule a unified empire of East and West and his reign represents a turning point in the policies and fortunes of the Late Roman Empire. In this imperial biography, Stephen Williams and Gerry Friell bring together literary, archaeological and…

    Paperback – 1998-05-28
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  • Domitian

    Tragic Tyrant

    By Pat Southern

    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…

    Hardback – 1997-04-24
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  • Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

    By Stephen Williams

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

    Paperback – 1996-12-10
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  • Marcus Aurelius

    A Biography, 2nd Edition

    By Anthony R Birley

    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…

    Paperback – 1993-05-05
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  • Nero

    The End of a Dynasty

    By Miriam T. Griffin

    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…

    Paperback – 1987-10-09
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