69 A. D. The Year of Four Emperors
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Description: The Year of Four Emperors, so the ancient sources assure us, was one of the most chaotic, violent, and frightening periods in all Roman history. It was a time of assassinations and civil war, of armies so out of control that they had no qualms about occupying the city of Rome, and of ambitious men who ruthlessly seized power only to have it wrenched from their grasps. In 69 AD, Gwyn Morgan offers a fresh look at this period, based on two considerations to which insufficient attention has been paid in the past. First, that we need to unravel rather than cherry-pick between the conflicting accounts of Tacitus, Plutarch and Suetonius, our three main sources of information. And second, that the role of the armies, as distinct from that of their commanders, has too often been exaggerated. The result is a remarkably accurate and insightful narrative history, filled with colorful portraits of the leading participants and new insights into the nature of the Roman military. A strikingly vivid account of ancient Rome, 69 AD is an original and compelling account of one of the best known but perhaps least understood periods in all Roman history. It will engage and enlighten all readers with a love for the tumultuous soap opera that was Roman political life.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/2/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Maps|
|The Fall of Nero and the Julio-Claudian House|
|The Reign of Galba (June 68 to January 69)|
|Adoption and Assassination (January 69)|
|The Opening of the Vitellian Offensive (January and February)|
|Otho Prepares for War (January and February)|
|The War between Otho and Vitellius (March and April)|
|The Reign of Vitellius (April to September 69)|
|The Beginning of the End: Vespasian through August 69|
|The Opening of the Flavian Offensive (August to October)|
|End Game (November and December)|
|The Principal Sources for 68/69|
|Characterizations of Galba and Otho|
|Checklist of the Legions Operational in 68/69|