The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty

The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty

by Philip Matyszak, Phillip Matyszak
     
 

The story of one of the most colorful dynasties in history, from Caesar's rise to power in the first century BC to Nero's death in AD 68
This engaging new study reviews the long history of the Julian and Claudian families in the Roman Republic and the social and political background of Rome. At the heart of the account are the lives of six men—Julius Caesar,… See more details below

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The story of one of the most colorful dynasties in history, from Caesar's rise to power in the first century BC to Nero's death in AD 68
This engaging new study reviews the long history of the Julian and Claudian families in the Roman Republic and the social and political background of Rome. At the heart of the account are the lives of six men—Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Neromen—who mastered Rome and then changed it from a democracy to a personal possession. It was no easy task: Caesar and Caligula were assassinated, Nero committed suicide, and Claudius was poisoned. Only Augustus and Tiberius died natural deaths and even that is uncertain.
The Julio-Claudian saga has a host of other intriguing characters, from Cicero, the last great statesman of the Republic, to Livia, matriarch of the Empire; the passionate Mark Antony and the scheming Sejanus; and Agrippina, mother of Nero and sister of Caligula, who probably murdered her husband and was in turn killed by her son. Set against a background of foreign wars and domestic intrigue, the story of Rome's greatest dynasty is also the story of the birth of an imperial system that shaped the Europe of today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500251287
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Julio-Claudian family tree8
1Introduction : from republic to empire12
2Family fortunes18
3Julius Caesar : from a renegade to a god36
4From Octavian to Augustus : Caesar's deadly legacy76
5Tiberius : emperor by default125
6Gaius Caligula : fear and loathing at the imperial court162
7Claudius : the unexpected emperor198
8Nero : the death of a dynasty142
9Epilogue274

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