9780140443080

Lives of the Later Caesars Pt. 1 : Augustan History, with Newly Compiled Lives of Nerva and Trajan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140443080

  • ISBN10:

    0140443088

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/1/1976
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

One of the most controversial of all works to survive from ancient Rome, the Augustan History is our main source of information about the Roman emperors from 117 to 284 AD. Written in the late fourth century by an anonymous author, it is an enigmatic combination of truth, invention and humour. This volume contains the first half of the History, and includes biographies of every emperor from Hadrian to Heliogabalus - among them the godlike Marcus Antonius and his grotesquely corrupt son Commodus. The History contains many fictitious (but highly entertaining) anecdotes about the depravity of the emperors, as the author blends historical fact and faked documents to present our most complete - albeit unreliable - account of the later Roman Caesars.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7(16)
Abbreviations 23(2)
Chronological table of emperors 25(2)
The Lives
27(28)
Nerva
29(9)
Trajan
38(17)
The Augustan History
55(268)
Hadrian
57(31)
Aelius
88(8)
Antoninus Pius
96(12)
Marcus Antoninus
108(30)
Verus
138(11)
Avidius Cassius
149(12)
Commodus Antoninus
161(18)
Pertinax
179(13)
Didius Julianus
192(9)
Severus
201(24)
Pescennius Niger
225(12)
Clodius Albinus
237(13)
Antoninus Caracallus
250(11)
Antoninus Geta
261(7)
Opilius Macrinus
268(14)
Diadumenus Antoninus
282(8)
Antoninus Heliogabalus
290(27)
Genealogical tables (stemma)
A. Trajan and Hadrian
317(1)
B. Antoninus Pius
318(1)
C. Marcus
319(1)
D. The children of Marcus
320(1)
E. Lucius Verus
321(1)
F. Septimius Severus
322(1)
Map of Italy, showing places named in the text 323(1)
Map of the Roman Empire, showing places named in the text 324(2)
Index 326

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