Born in 15 BC, Germanicus grew up to be a skilled diplomat and bold soldier. Married to the granddaughter of Augustus (by whom he fathered the future Emperor Caligula) and responsible for avenging Rome’s humiliating defeat at the Teutoburg Forest through victory at Idistaviso (AD16) and the recovery of one of the lost standards, his reputation and popularity were immense. The Emperor Tiberius, his adoptive father, granted him a triumph, but refused to let him complete the reconquest of Germania, sending him instead to command in the East. Did Tiberius feel jealous and threatened?
Germanicus fortunes waned when he fell out with one of Tiberius appointees, Piso. His death in mysterious circumstances, aged 34, brought great outpourings of public grief and anger, with many suspecting murder on the orders of Tiberius. Piso was put on trial but he committed suicide – or was he murdered? – before the senate could reach a verdict.
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About the Author
He divides his time between Austin, Texas and Wokingham, England.
Table of Contents
Foreword Philip Matyzsak ix
List of Illustrations xix
List of Maps xxii
List of Consuls xxviii
Roman Names xxx
1 In the Name of the Father 1
2 First Steps to Glory 24
3 Law and Disorder 54
4 Up Against the Angrivarian Wall 85
5 Travels and Tribulations in the Orient 119
6 A Fine Roman in the Best Tradition 153
7 The Fall of the House of Germanicus 178
8 The Germanicus Tradition 195
9 Assessment 207
Appendix: Decree of the Senate Granting Honours for Germanicus 220
Place Names 231
Ancient Sources 233
What People are Saying About This
Biographies of Germanicus Caesar arguably one of Rome's finest generals are few and far between, sadly. When one is published, therefore, it gives cause for celebration particularly when it's as good as the volume penned by Lindsay Powell. Meticulously researched, absorbing and well written, this is no dusty, academic tome, but a 'must have' text for any reader with an interest in Rome. Powell knows his subject matter inside out, and is to be highly commended on a most welcome addition to the biographies of Rome's most famous sons. --Ben Kane, The Forgotten Legion Chronicles and Spartacus series
GERMANICUS brings the reader face to bloody face with serious history and tells the story of a Roman emperor that might have been - principled, courageous and, above all else, sane! Excellent fare, and highly recommended. --Anthony Riches, Empire series.
A modern, impartial study of the life of Germanicus is not only timely but overdue. For, apart from the enduring mystery of his death, Germanicus did come as close as anyone in the attempt to re-establish Roman rule from the Rhine to the Elbe. Had he succeeded, the history of the Roman Empire - and therefore of subsequent ages - would have been greatly different. It is worth examining how and why the attempt failed, and learning more about the man who made it. --Philip Matyszak, author of The Sons of Caesar and Legionary: The Roman Soldier's Handbook