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 Later Caesars

Author: Anonymous,Scriptores Historiae Augustae,Xenophon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140443088

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The Augustan history was written by an anonymous fourth century author pretending to be a team of six much earlier biographers. Historical fact about the Roman emperors from Hadrian through Heliogabulus is mixed with apocryphal anecdotes. Birley has bridged the gap between this text and Suetonius by including brief lives of Nerva and Trajan.

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

The Twelve Caesars

Author: Suetonius

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8026893042

Category: History

Page: 323

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The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. The book provides valuable information on the heritage, personal habits, physical appearance, lives, and political careers of the first Roman emperors as it mentions details which other sources do not. As with many of his contemporaries, Suetonius took omens seriously and carefully includes reports of omens portending Imperial births, accessions, and deaths. The Twelve Caesars was considered very significant in antiquity and remains a primary source on Roman history. The book discusses the significant and critical period of the Principate from the end of the Republic to the reign of Domitian.

The Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome

Author: Jack L. Schwartzwald

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786478063

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 Empire 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?

Author: Brent L. Sterling

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1589017277

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 8327


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.