Emperors Don't Die in Bed

Emperors Don't Die in Bed

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by Fik Meijer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415312027

ISBN-13: 9780415312028

Pub. Date: 06/15/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This fresh and engaging book looks at each of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in AD 476, illuminating not only the manner of their deaths but what their final days tell us about their lives. We also hear how the most powerful position in the history of the Western world held a permanent appeal, despite its perils, with eager

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This fresh and engaging book looks at each of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in AD 476, illuminating not only the manner of their deaths but what their final days tell us about their lives. We also hear how the most powerful position in the history of the Western world held a permanent appeal, despite its perils, with eager candidates constantly coming forward to seize the throne.

Very few of the Roman emperors died a natural death. The insane Caligula was murdered after leaving the theatre; Caracalla while he was relieving himself. Caesar was stabbed twenty three times and Otho was dragged into the Tiber with a flesh-hook. However great an emperor's power, danger was ever present.

Emperors Don't Die in Bed provides a clear history of the imperial succession as well as a compelling depiction of the intrigue and drama of Roman imperial politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415312028
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1The Julio-Claudian emperors11
2The year of the four emperors34
3The Flavian emperors42
4The Antonine emperors50
5The African and Syrian emperors66
6The soldier emperors83
7Diocletian and the tetrarchy109
8Constantine and the struggle for power117
9The dynasty of Constantine125
10The late fourth century134
11The divided empire145
12The end of antiquity162

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