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Lives of the Later Caesars Augustan History, with Newly Compiled Lives of Nerva and Trajan

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ISBN-10: 0140443088

ISBN-13: 9780140443080

Edition: 2005

Authors: Anthony Birley, Xenophon, Xenophon, Anonymous, Anthony Briley

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For all it's faults, including the brazen invention of many of the anecdotes it relates, the anonymous 'Augustan History' is the best source extant on Roman emperors between 117 & 284 AD. Anthony Birley's translation conveys the eloquence of the original.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/24/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Xenophon's life and personality is better known to us, perhaps, than that of any other Greek who lived before Alexander the Great. Much of his considerable output of historical writing and essays is frankly or implicitly autobiographical. He reveals himself as one of those many Athenians and other Greeks who turned to autocratic political models, including admiration of Persia, after the excesses of the Athenian democracy led to disaster in the Peloponnesian War. He also reveals himself as much more than a literary man and a critic of his times. A gentleman adventurer and something of a professional soldier, he followed in turn the philosopher Socrates, the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger,…