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Claudius
     

Claudius

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by Barbara Levick
 

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In the first book on Claudius written in English in over fifty years, Barbara Levick provides a major reassessment of the man and his reign. Drawing on recent research, Levick offers a provocative reconsideration of Claudius's political objectives and activities within the constitutional, political, social, and economic development of Rome. A history of political and

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In the first book on Claudius written in English in over fifty years, Barbara Levick provides a major reassessment of the man and his reign. Drawing on recent research, Levick offers a provocative reconsideration of Claudius's political objectives and activities within the constitutional, political, social, and economic development of Rome. A history of political and domestic intrigue as well as an investigation into the limits of a Roman emperor's power, her book will be essential reading for historians of the Roman Empire.

"Barbara Levick provides a new treatment of the reign of Claudius; it is a biography and much more. His reign was the turning point in the establishment of the permanent monarchy, and Levick is excellent in showing how Claudius worked throughout his reign to secure his position. . . . This stimulating book is the best we have on Claudius and among the best current treatments of any Roman emperor."-Ronald Mellor, American Historical Review

"A must read, Claudius has force and wit."-Donald G. Kyle, Classical World
"[In this] authoritative but highly readable book the defects and achievements of the . . . Emperor are assessed critically and with full exploitation of the nonliterary sources-epigraphical, archaeological, and, especially important, numismatic-that often throw light on or raise doubts about the evidence provided by the ancient writers."-Bernard Knox, The Atlantic

"[An] excellent study of the . . . important reign of Claudius. . . . The . . . general reader, as well as the scholar, will study [this book] with pleasure as well as with instruction."-Hugh Lloyd-Jones, New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300058314
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Levick is Fellow and Tutor Emeritus, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has published extensively on Roman history, with titles including Tiberius the Politician (Routledge, 1999), Vespasian (Routledge, 1999), The Government of the Roman Empire, second edition (Routledge, 2001), Julia Domna: Syrian Empress (Routledge, 2007), Augustus: Image and Substance (2010) and Imperial Women of the Golden Age: Faustina I and II (2014).

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but reading this book was like going to the dentist. Only one other book was quite as boring 'Miriam Gilliam's Nero', but at least I read that one. This hisorical account of Claudius was so heaped in critical history and bogged down with trivial details I decided to put it down and read something else 'Robert Graves, I, Claudius'. I am not faulting Levick's credentials as a historian nor can I dipute her facts, but the book is almost unreadable.