The Twelve Caesars: The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome

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The Twelve Caesars: The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome

Format:  Hardcover,

385 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9781480360297

ISBN-10: 1480360295

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An unforgettable depiction of the Roman empire at the height of its power and reach, and an elegantly sensational retelling of the lives and times of the twelve Caesars
One of the them was a military genius, one murdered his mother and fiddled while Rome burned, another earned the nickname "sphincter artist." Six of their number were assassinated, two committed suicide--and five of them were elevated to the status of gods. They have come down to posterity as the "twelve Caesars"--Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Under their rule, from 49 BC to AD 96, Rome was transformed from a republic to an empire, whose model of regal autocracy would survive in the West for more than a thousand years. Matthew Dennison offers a beautifully crafted sequence of colorful biographies of each emperor, triumphantly evoking the luxury, license, brutality, and sophistication of imperial Rome at its zenith. But as well as vividly recreating the lives, loves, and vices of this motley group of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an era of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, five-hundred-year-old political system and its replacement by a dictatorship which, against all the odds, succeeded more convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing a vast international landmass.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9781250023537
ISBN-10: 125002353X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 385
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.0

Chapter outline

List of Illustrationsp. x
Note on the textp. xi
Family Treesp. xii
Introductionp. 1
'Too great for mortal man'p. 7
'All clap your hands'p. 39
'Ever dark and mysterious'p. 67
'Equally furious against men and against the gods'p. 101
'Remarkable freak of fortune'p. 131
'An angler in the lake of darkness'p. 159
'Equal to empire had he never been emperor'p. 189
'If I was worthy to be Roman emperor…p. 217
'A series of carousals and revels'p. 241
'The fox changes his fur, but not his nature'p. 263
'The delight and darling of the human race'p. 303
'But the third'?p. 331
Bibliographyp. 361
Notesp. 367
Glossaryp. 379
Indexp. 381

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An unforgettable depiction of the Roman empire at the height of its power and reach, and an elegantly sensational retelling of the lives and times of the twelve Caesars

One of the them was a military genius, one murdered his mother and fiddled while Rome burned, another earned the nickname "sphincter artist". Six of their number were assassinated, two committed suicide—and five of them were elevated to the status of gods. They have come down to posterity as the "twelve Caesars"—Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Under their rule, from 49 BC to AD 96, Rome was transformed from a republic to an empire, whose model of regal autocracy would survive in the West for more than a thousand years.
Matthew Dennison offers a beautifully crafted sequence of colorful biographies of each emperor, triumphantly evoking the luxury, license, brutality, and sophistication of imperial Rome at its zenith. But as well as vividly recreating the lives, loves, and vices of this motley group of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an era of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, five-hundred-year-old political system and its replacement by a dictatorship which, against all the odds, succeeded more convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing a vast international landmass.

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