Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General

Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General

by Lindsay Powell


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ISBN-13: 9781781591208
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LINDSAY POWELL writes for Ancient Warfare magazine and his articles have also appeared in Military Heritage and Strategy and Tactics. He is author of the highly acclaimed Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus, Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General and Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania, all published by Pen & Sword Books. His appearances include BBC Radio, British Forces Broadcasting Service and History Channel.
He divides his time between Austin, Texas and Wokingham, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword Philip Matyzsak ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xvi

List of Illustrations xix

List of Maps xxii

Chronology xxiii

List of Consuls xxviii

Roman Names xxx

Stemmata xxxi

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

Glossary 226

Place Names 231

Ancient Sources 233

Notes 249

Bibliography 303

Index 321

What People are Saying About This

Ben Kane

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

Anthony Riches

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.

Philip Matyszak

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

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