The Severans: The Roman Empire Transformed

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The Severans analyses the colourful decline of the Roman Empire during the reign of the Severans, the first non-Italian dynasty. In his learned and exciting style, Michael Grant describes the foreign wars waged against the Alemanni and the Persians, and the remarkable personalities of the imperial family. Thus the reader encounters Julia Domna's alleged literary circle, or Elagabalus' curious private life - which included dancing in the streets, marrying a vestal virgin and ...

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Overview

The Severans analyses the colourful decline of the Roman Empire during the reign of the Severans, the first non-Italian dynasty. In his learned and exciting style, Michael Grant describes the foreign wars waged against the Alemanni and the Persians, and the remarkable personalities of the imperial family. Thus the reader encounters Julia Domna's alleged literary circle, or Elagabalus' curious private life - which included dancing in the streets, marrying a vestal virgin and smothering his enemies with rose petals.
With its beautifully selected plate section, maps and extensive bibliography, this book will appeal to the student of ancient history as well as to the general reader.
Michael Grant is one of the world's greatest writers on ancient history. His previous publications include: Art in the Roman Empire, Greek and Roman Historians and Who's Who in Classical Mythology all published by Routledge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415620154
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/14/2011
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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Michael Grant

Michael Grant is one of the world's greatest writers on ancient history. He was formerly a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor of Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Khartoum and the Queen's University of Belfast. He has published over fifty books.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of maps
Introduction 1
1 Septimius Severus and the Struggle for Power 7
2 The Praetorians and their Prefects: Plautianus 14
3 The Gestures of Septimius 18
4 The Successors 21
5 The Provinces and Italy: The Constitutio Antoniniana 28
6 The Army: The Military Monarchy 34
7 Finance 39
8 The Syrian Women 45
9 The Lawyers 49
10 The Novel: Longus 53
11 Art and Architecture 60
12 Paganism and Christianity 74
Epilogue 85
Appendix: the literary sources 87
List of emperors 91
List of abbreviations 92
Notes 93
Further reading 107
Index 111
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