Lives of the Later Caesars


Author: Anthony Birley
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141935995
Category: History
Page: 336
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One of the most controversial of all works to survive from ancient Rome, the Augustan History is our main source of information about the Roman emperors from 117 to 284 AD. Written in the late fourth century by an anonymous author, it is an enigmatic combination of truth, invention and humour. This volume contains the first half of the History, and includes biographies of every emperor from Hadrian to Heliogabalus - among them the godlike Marcus Antonius and his grotesquely corrupt son Commodus. The History contains many fictitious (but highly entertaining) anecdotes about the depravity of the emperors, as the author blends historical fact and faked documents to present our most complete - albeit unreliable - account of the later Roman Caesars.

Dynastie

The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608100326
Category: History
Page: 576
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Lebendig, spannend und dramatisch wie in einem Historienroman erzählt Tom Holland das Leben und Wirken der ersten römischen Kaiser. Ein großartiges und packendes Porträt der julisch-claudischen Dynastie, die die römische Welt grundlegend verwandelte. Aufstieg und Niedergang eines römischen Kaiserhauses: Blutige Hofintrigen, die große Politik, atemberaubende Bauprojekte, die großen Eroberungszüge, nächtelange Orgien und exotische Gladiatorenkämpfe – das ist die Bühne, auf der Kaiser agieren, ihre Macht etablieren und das Imperium nach dem Zusammenbruch der Republik neu ordnen. Glänzend entlarvt der Autor zugleich manche Klischees von dekadenten römischen Herrschern und weiß doch das »Menschlich-Allzumenschliche« der politischen Akteure meisterhaft in Szene zu setzen: Tiberius, der große Feldherr, der sich verbittert auf Capri zurückzog, berüchtigt für seine perversen Neigungen, Caligula, ein Meister der Grausamkeit und Provokation, der sein Pferd zum Konsul machte, Nero, der sich als Künstler sah, einen Eunuchen heiratete und einen gigantischen Palast im Zentrum Roms bauen ließ. Wie nie zuvor ist dieses Kapitel der Weltgeschichte zu einer atemberaubenden Erzählung verdichtet worden.

SPQR

Die tausendjährige Geschichte Roms
Author: Mary Beard
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104031444
Category: History
Page: 656
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Wer hätte gedacht, dass Alte Geschichte so spannend und gegenwärtig sein kann? – Ein neuer Blick auf das alte Rom! Unkonventionell, scharfsinnig und zugleich akademisch versiert – dies trifft nicht nur auf die hochrenommierte Althistorikerin und Cambridge-Professorin Mary Beard selbst zu, sondern auch auf ihre neue große Geschichte des Römischen Reichs und seiner Bewohner: SPQR - Die tausendjährige Geschichte Roms. Begeistert erzählt sie die Geschichte eines Weltreichs, lässt uns Kriege, Exzesse, Intrigen miterleben, aber auch den römischen Alltag – wie Ärger in den Mietshäusern und Ciceros Scheidung. Sie lässt uns hinter die Legenden und Mythen blicken, hinterfragt sicher Geglaubtes und kommt zu überraschenden Einsichten. So erscheint Rom ganz nah – in seinen Debatten über Integration und Migration – und dann doch auch faszinierend fern, wenn es etwa um Sklaverei geht. Die Geschichte Roms für unsere Zeit. In prächtiger Ausstattung, mit über hundert s/w Abbildungen und umfangreichem farbigen Bildteil. »Bahnbrechend [...], anregend [...], revolutionär [...] ein völlig neuer Zugang zur Alten Geschichte.« Spectator »Aufregend, psychologisch scharfsinnig sowie mitfühlend kritisch.« Sunday Times »Meisterhaft [...], diese große Geschichte Roms erweckt die ferne Vergangenheit grandios zum Leben.« The Economist »Ungemein packend [...] ebenso unterhaltsam wie gelehrt.« Observer »Wer hätte gedacht, dass Geschichte so spannend sein kann?« Independent

Lives of the Caesars


Author: Anthony A. Barrett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444302965
Category: History
Page: 344
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Lives of the Caesars tells the stories of 12 of Rome’s most fascinating and influential rulers, uncovering the unique features of their reigns which allowed them to earn their places in history. A comprehensive and engaging account of the lives of the Caesars, who helped shaped one of the most significant periods in history Each chapter entertainingly recounts the life and reign of a Roman emperor Includes notorious leaders such as Nero and Caligula, as well as less famous ones like Diocletian and Vespasian Includes illustrations, a timeline of Roman history, and a chart of dynasties

Lives of the Caesars


Author: Suetonius,,Catharine Edwards
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0199537569
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 448
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The Lives of the Caesars include the biographies of Julius Caesar and the eleven subsequent emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitelius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian. Suetonius composed his material from a variety of sources, without much concern for their reliability. His biographies consist the ancestry and career of each emperor in turn; however, his interest is not so much analytical or historical, but anecdotal and salacious which gives rise to a lively and provocative succession of portraits. The account of Julius Caesar does not simply mention his crossing of the Rubicon and his assassination, but draws attention to his dark piercing eyes and attempts to conceal his baldness. The Live of Caligula presents a vivid picture of the emperor's grotesque appearance, his waywardness, and his insane cruelties. The format and style of Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars was to set the tone for biography throughout western literature - his work remains thoroughly readable and full of interest. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Suetonius: Lives of the Caesars, book V-VIII ; Lives of illustrious men


Author: Suetonius
Publisher: Loeb Classical Library
ISBN: 9780674995659
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 548
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Enriched by anecdotes, gossip, and details of character and personal appearance, Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius (born c. 70 CE) is a valuable and colourful source of information about the first twelve Roman emperors, Roman imperial politics, and Roman imperial socity. Part of Suetonius' Lives of Illustrious Men (of letters) also survives.

Dictator

Roman
Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641176476
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
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Endlich – das triumphale Finale von Robert Harris’ Cicero-Trilogie Cicero, größter Redner seiner Zeit, weilt mit seinem Sekretär Tiro im Exil. Da er seinen politischen Feind Caesar zu unterstützen verspricht, kann er nach Rom zurückkehren, wo er sich wieder zu ö entlichem Ansehen emporkämpft. Genial und fehlbar, angsterfüllt und doch unbändig mutig – der mit sich ringende Mensch hinter dem Politiker Cicero macht die Geschichte so unwiderstehlich. Dictator umfasst bedeutsame Momente der Menschheitsgeschichte: den Untergang der römischen Republik, den folgenden Bürgerkrieg, die Enthauptung von Pompeius und den Meuchelmord an Caesar. Das Thema jedoch ist zeitlos: Wie lässt sich politische Freiheit gegen skrupellosen Ehrgeiz, korrumpierte Wahlen und den verderblichen Einfluss endloser Auslandseinsätze schützen?

The Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome

A Brief History
Author: Jack L. Schwartzwald
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476613079
Category: History
Page: 232
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This book offers a concise survey of Western Civilization from the Stone Age through the fall of the last Western Roman Emperor in AD 476. Each of the three sections chronicle a critical epoch in human history. Section I encompasses man’s ascent from barbarism to civilization in the Ancient Near East; Section II witnesses the development of Western Civilization in Ancient Greece; and Section III catalogs the failed attempt to build the West’s first “nation-state” in Ancient Rome. Human foibles are abundantly portrayed but so too is the ascent of humankind.

Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

What History Teaches Us about Strategic Barriers and International Security
Author: Brent L. Sterling
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 1589017277
Category: Political Science
Page: 368
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A number of nations, conspicuously Israel and the United States, have been increasingly attracted to the use of strategic barriers to promote national defense. In Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?, defense analyst Brent Sterling examines the historical use of strategic defenses such as walls or fortifications to evaluate their effectiveness and consider their implications for modern security. Sterling studies six famous defenses spanning 2,500 years, representing both democratic and authoritarian regimes: the Long Walls of Athens, Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain, the Ming Great Wall of China, Louis XIV’s Pré Carré, France’s Maginot Line, and Israel’s Bar Lev Line. Although many of these barriers were effective in the short term, they also affected the states that created them in terms of cost, strategic outlook, military readiness, and relations with neighbors. Sterling assesses how modern barriers against ground and air threats could influence threat perceptions, alter the military balance, and influence the builder’s subsequent policy choices. Advocates and critics of strategic defenses often bolster their arguments by selectively distorting history. Sterling emphasizes the need for an impartial examination of what past experience can teach us. His study yields nuanced lessons about strategic barriers and international security and yields findings that are relevant for security scholars and compelling to general readers.

Die Eule, die gern aus dem Wasserhahn trank

Mein Leben mit Mumble
Author: Martin Windrow
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446443274
Category: Science
Page: 320
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Mumble ist noch ein flauschiges Eulenküken, als Martin Windrow sie bei sich aufnimmt. 15 Jahre lang sollten die beiden unzertrennlich bleiben. Anrührend, charmant und mit unnachahmlich britischem Humor erzählt Windrow, wie die kleine Eule seinen Alltag auf den Kopf stellt. Er berichtet von Mumbles Leidenschaft, Schnürsenkel zu jagen, von ihren lausigen Landungen nach waghalsigen Flugmanövern und ihrem großen Bedürfnis nach Streicheleinheiten. Amüsiert lässt er die Reaktionen seiner irritierten Mitmenschen Revue passieren, die aber irgendwann akzeptieren: Windrow und Mumble sind Freunde geworden. Die Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Beziehung – die uns en passant alles über die Biologie und Mythologie der Eulen lehrt.

Imperator

Die Rom-Serie 16 - Roman
Author: Simon Scarrow
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641208122
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
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Rom, A.D. 55: Kaiser Claudius ist tot, auf dem Thron regiert der grausame Nero. Als Präfekt Cato und Centurio Macro von einem Feldzug zurückkehren, finden sie Rom im Chaos vor. Denn auch Neros Rivale Britannicus giert nach dem Thron. Verzweifelt versuchen Cato und Macro, eine Armee von tapferen, loyalen Kämpfern zusammenzustellen. Doch in dem Machtkampf, der nun entbrennt, droht Rom in einen Bürgerkrieg zu stürzen. Für die beiden Blutsbrüder beginnt ein Kampf, bei dem nicht nur ihr Leben, sondern die Zukunft des römischen Reiches auf dem Spiel steht ...

Kleopatra

Ein Leben
Author: Stacy Schiff
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641083311
Category: History
Page: 448
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Die glänzend erzählte Lebensgeschichte der legendären ägyptischen Königin Kleopatra VII., letzter weiblicher Pharao Ägyptens, ist heute hinter Mythen, übler Nachrede und märchenhafter Schönheit verborgen. Stacy Schiff , Pulitzer-Preisträgerin, zeigt in ihrer Biografie dank intensiver Recherche und neuer Auswertung antiker Quellen nicht nur die laszive Verführerin und das intrigante Machtweib, sondern enthüllt eine außerordentlich starke Herrscherin – selbstbewusst, versiert in politischem Kalkül, diplomatisch und visionär. Detailfülle und Mut zum zugespitzten historischen Urteil, sprachliche Eleganz und provokantspritzige Porträts der mächtigen Mit- und Gegenspieler an Kleopatras Seite versetzen den Leser ins alte Reich am Nil mit seinem weltläufigen Charme und seiner machtpolitischen Unerbittlichkeit.

Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome


Author: Anthony Everitt
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 178185209X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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Born and bred in what is now northern Spain to a family of olive-oil magnates, Hadrian was lucky enough to benefit from the patronage of his maternal cousin, Trajan, who would later become emperor, and who named Hadrian his successor on his death in AD 117. After suppressing the Jewish revolt that had started under Trajan (memorably depicted in Josephus' Jewish War), Hadrian brought years of turbulence to an end. He presided over Rome's expansion to its greatest extent, travelling all over his empire to fortify its borders and, notably, building a wall to demarcate its northern extreme in the island of Britain (as well as another in Germany). Hadrian also 'Hellenized' the cultural life of the empire, and left an extraordinary legacy, yet he remains one of the least-known of Rome's emperors. Using exhaustive research, Anthony Everitt unveils the private life and character of this most successful of emperors, in the most vivid and exciting retelling of his story to date.

JULIAN

ROMAN. AUS D. AMERIKAN. V. PHILIPP WEILER
Author: Gore Vidal
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783442725083
Category:
Page: 606
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The Roman Empire


Author: Philip Matyszak
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780744250
Category: History
Page: 224
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No other political entity has shaped the modern world like the Roman Empire. Encompassing close to 60 million people and 3 million square kilometers of land, it represented an incredibly diverse and dynamic collection of nations, states, and tribes, all bound to Rome and the ideal of the Roman identity. In the lively and engaging style that he’s known for, Philip Matyszak traces the history of the Roman Empire from the fall of the Assyrians and the rise of the Roman republic through the ages of expansion, crisis, and eventual split. Breathing life into these extraordinary events, Matyszak explains how the vast empire operated: conquering, occupying, and naturalizing its subject peoples as citizens of Rome. He shows how this great empire developed a method of rule so sophisticated that loyalty to Rome remained strong even after its collapse, creating a legacy in politics, society, economics, and culture that lives on even today.

Imperator: - Die Tore von Rom

Roman
Author: Conn Iggulden
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3641025583
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
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Er kam, sah und siegte! Als vor den Toren Roms ein blutiger Sklavenaufstand ausbricht, gelingt es den Patriziersöhnen Julius und Marcus Brutus gerade noch rechtzeitig, ins Innere der Stadtmauern zu flüchten. Doch damit sind die jungen Männer längst nicht in Sicherheit, denn Rom steht am Rande eines blutigen Bürgerkriegs, der das Weltreich zu zerreißen droht. Inmitten gefährlicher Intrigen und politischer Konflikte werden Julius und Marcus Brutus schon bald selbst in den Kampf um die Macht verwickelt. Doch nur einer der Freunde kann diesen Kampf gewinnen ...

The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino

Understanding the Roman Games
Author: Jerry Toner
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421415860
Category: History
Page: 144
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The Roman emperor Commodus wanted to kill a rhinoceros with a bow and arrow, and he wanted to do it in the Colosseum. Commodus’s passion for hunting animals was so fervent that he dreamt of shooting a tiger, an elephant, and a hippopotamus; his prowess was such that people claimed he never missed when hurling his javelin or firing arrows from his bow. For fourteen days near the end of AD 192, the emperor mounted one of the most lavish and spectacular gladiatorial games Rome had ever seen. Commodus himself was the star attraction, and people rushed from all over Italy to witness the spectacle. But this slaughter was simply the warm-up act to the main event: the emperor was also planning to fight as a gladiator. Why did Roman rulers spend vast resources on such over-the-top displays—and why did some emperors appear in them as combatants? Why did the Roman rabble enjoy watching the slaughter of animals and the sight of men fighting to the death? And how best can we in the modern world understand what was truly at stake in the circus and the arena? In The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino, Jerry Toner set out to answer these questions by vividly describing what it would have been like to attend Commodus’ fantastic shows and watch one of his many appearances as both hunter and fighter. Highlighting the massive logistical effort needed to supply the games with animals, performers, and criminals for execution, the book reveals how blood and gore were actually incidental to what really mattered. Gladiatorial games played a key role in establishing a forum for political debate between the rulers and the ruled. Roman crowds were not passive: they were made up of sophisticated consumers with their own political aims, which they used the games to secure. In addition, the games also served as a pure expression of what it meant to be a true Roman. Drawing on notions of personal honor, manly vigor, and sophisticated craftsmanship, the games were a story that the Romans loved to tell themselves about themselves.