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.

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’smost fascinating and influential rulers, uncovering the uniquefeatures of their reigns which allowed them to earn their places inhistory. A comprehensive and engaging account of the lives of theCaesars, who helped shaped one of the most significant periods inhistory Each chapter entertainingly recounts the life and reign of aRoman emperor Includes notorious leaders such as Nero and Caligula, as wellas less famous ones like Diocletian and Vespasian Includes illustrations, a timeline of Roman history, and achart 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.

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 ...

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.

Caligula

Eine Biographie
Author: Aloys Winterling
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406632343
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
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Der Kaiser Caligula (37–41 n. Chr.) gilt als Musterfall des römischen Cäsarenwahnsinns: Er trieb Inzest mit seinen Schwestern, wollte sein Pferd zum Konsul machen und plante, seinen Herrschaftssitz von Rom nach Alexandria zu verlegen. Er verfolgte die römischen Senatoren grausam und ohne Anlaß, ja er wollte schließlich als Gott von ihnen verehrt werden. So behaupten es zumindest die antiken Quellen. Ihr denunziatorischer, von nachweisbaren Falschaussagen geprägter Charakter ist zwar längst erkannt, ihrer Suggestion war jedoch auch die moderne Forschung immer wieder erlegen. Der Autor beschreibt das kurze, ereignisreiche Leben dieses Kaisers in neuer Deutung. Die Herrschaft Caligulas, so wird gezeigt, war durch eine dramatische Konfliktgeschichte geprägt, in deren Verlauf senatorische Verschwörungen und die kaiserlichen Reaktionen darauf die Ereignisse eskalieren ließen. Der junge Kaiser nutzte mit zynischer Konsequenz den Opportunismus und die Auflösungserscheinungen der alten Oberschicht zur Durchsetzung einer offenen Alleinherrschaft und setzte die senatorische Gesellschaft nie zuvor erlebten traumatischen Erfahrungen von Angst, Machtlosigkeit und Selbstzerstörung aus. Nach der Ermordung Caligulas durch eine Palastverschwörung verarbeiteten die Vertreter der gedemütigten Aristokratie mit «frischem Ha߻ (Tacitus) das Erlebte. Die Konstruktion eines «wahnsinnigen» Kaisers eignete sich zu dessen nachträglicher Entwertung ebenso wie zur Rechtfertigung der eigenen Beteiligung an dem, was vorgefallen war.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Lives of the Caesars: Caius Caligula


Author: Suetonius
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1425003028
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 52
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A gem of the biographical genre, this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar. Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but also throws light on their personal lives. His talent as a biographer is at its zenith as he takes us back in time with his eloquent narrative and vibrant descriptions. Magnificent!

The Lives of the Caesars

Caius Caligula
Author: Gaius Suetonius Suetonius
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458707709
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
View: 1975

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A gem of the biographical genre, this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar. Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but also throws light on their personal lives. His talent as a biographer is at its zenith as he takes us back in time with his eloquent narrative and vibrant descriptions. Magnificent!

Who's who in Gay and Lesbian History

From Antiquity to World War II
Author: Robert Aldrich,Garry Wotherspoon
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415159830
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 502
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500 entries from more than 100 contributors, profiling gay and lesbians throughout history, ranging from Sappho to Andre Gide; most entries are accompanied by a bibliography.

Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populations


Author: Piers D. Mitchell
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472449096
Category: History
Page: 290
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Sanitation and intestinal health is something we often take for granted today. However, people living in many regions of the developing world still suffer with debilitating diseases due to the lack of sanitation. Despite its clear impact upon health in modern times, sanitation in past populations is a topic that has received surprisingly little attention. This book brings together key experts from around the world to explore fascinating aspects of life in the past relevant to sanitation, and how that affected our ancestors. By its end readers will realize that toilets were in use in ancient Mesopotamia even before the invention of writing, and that flushing toilets with anatomic seats were a technology of ancient Greece at the time of the minotaur myth. They will see how sanitation compared in ancient Rome and medieval London, and will take a virtual walk around the sanitation of York at the time of the Vikings. Readers will also understand which intestinal parasites infected humans in different regions of the world over different time periods, what these parasites tell us about early human evolution, later population migrations, past diet, lifestyle, and the effects of sanitation technology. There is good evidence that over the millennia people in the past realized that sanitation mattered. They invented toilets, cleaner water supplies, drains, waste disposal and sanitation legislation. While past views on sanitation were very different to those of today, it is clear than many past societies took sanitation much more seriously than was previously thought.

Great Women of Imperial Rome

Mothers and Wives of the Caesars
Author: Jasper Burns
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134131852
Category: History
Page: 376
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Drawing from a broad range of documentation this book vividly characterizes eleven royal women who are brought visually to life through photographs of over 300 ancient coins and through the author's own illustrations. Spanning the period from the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC to the third century AD, and with an epilogue surveying empresses of later eras, the author's compelling biographies reveal their remarkable contributions towards the legacy of Imperial Rome. Examining the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of emperors, the study includes: a pregnant Roman princess who saves a Roman army through an act of personal heroism three third-century empresses who rule the most powerful state on Earth, presiding over unprecedented social and political reform an empress, though revered by her husband, is immortalized in history for infidelity and corruption by students of her greatest enemy. Jasper Burns paints portraits of these exceptional women that are colourful, sympathetic, and above all profoundly human. This book will be highly valuable to numismatists, students and scholars of Roman history or women’s studies.