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

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

1st Edition

Chris Doyle
August 08, 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

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

Barbara Levick
September 29, 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...

Claudius

Claudius

2nd Edition

Barbara Levick
May 12, 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....

Caligula: The Abuse of Power

Caligula: The Abuse of Power

2nd Edition

Anthony A. Barrett
March 12, 2015

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...

Galerius and the Will of Diocletian

Galerius and the Will of Diocletian

1st Edition

William Lewis Leadbetter
March 22, 2013

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...

Constantine and the Christian Empire

Constantine and the Christian Empire

2nd Edition

Charles Odahl
September 05, 2012

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...

Julius Caesar: The Colossus of Rome

Julius Caesar: The Colossus of Rome

1st Edition

Richard A. Billows
August 19, 2011

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...

Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99

Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99

1st Edition

John D Grainger, John Grainger
August 19, 2004

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...

Aurelian and the Third Century

Aurelian and the Third Century

1st Edition

Alaric Watson
December 11, 2003

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...

Trajan: Optimus Princeps

Trajan: Optimus Princeps

1st Edition

Julian Bennett
December 21, 2000

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...

Year of the Four Emperors

Year of the Four Emperors

3rd Edition

Kenneth Wellesley
July 20, 2000

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...

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