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Pocket Dictionary of Roman Emperors

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The Roman Empire was the largest in the ancient world, and it left its cultural mark on Europe and the world in its art and architecture, its roads, and its legal system.
This third volume in the illustrated Pocket Dictionary series introduces twenty-seven of the most important emperors who ruled this extraordinary civilization. Read about the mighty Augustus, who defeated Antony and Cleopatra and created a new Rome out of chaos; Trajan, who increased the empire to its greatest...
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The Roman Empire was the largest in the ancient world, and it left its cultural mark on Europe and the world in its art and architecture, its roads, and its legal system.
This third volume in the illustrated Pocket Dictionary series introduces twenty-seven of the most important emperors who ruled this extraordinary civilization. Read about the mighty Augustus, who defeated Antony and Cleopatra and created a new Rome out of chaos; Trajan, who increased the empire to its greatest extent; and Septimus Severus, the only emperor of African heritage, who rebuilt Rome and the empire after ruinous wars. Here also are those rulers whose names became synonymous with the excesses and cruelty associated with absolute power: Nero, who murdered his relatives and swept away much of Rome for his own palace, and Caligula, an avid fan of public executions and gladiatorial contests, who spent a fortune on such luxuries as a marble stable and gold food for his favorite horse.
Illustrated with coins, jewelry, busts, and ancient monuments, this handy reference guide offers an introduction to a fascinating cast of characters whose deeds have echoed down through history.

Ages twelve and up.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
The title of this book by Paul Roberts aptly describes the contents. Twenty-seven Roman Emperors are listed and their places in history briefly described. The first leader listed is Augustus, Emperor of Rome from 27 BC to AD 14. The author tells the reader that Julius Caesar was not the first emperor, but really a dictator, and that Augustus was the first and one of the greatest of Rome's emperors. Tiberius became the second Emperor, but Tiberius never trusted the Roman Senate. He also never developed a good relationship with the citizens of Rome. Other Roman Emperors were Caligula, the great-grandson of Augustus; Claudius; Nero; Vespasian; and many others who tried to rule Rome. Some of them contributed to the growth of the Roman Empire. The ruler Trajan tried to expand the empire's frontiers, Emperor Hadrian built the famous wall and the Pantheon, and Constantine reunited the empire after many wars. Some of the emperors were cruel and calculating such as Nero, who killed his relatives to gain power, and Domitian, who ruled with a cruel hand. This illustrated dictionary gives a brief introduction of early Roman leaders. It is a good, quick, reference tool. Color and black-and-white pictures are included
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Paul Roberts is a curator of Roman antiquities at the British Museum.

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