Blood of the Caesars : How the Murder of Germanicus Led to the Fall of Rome

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-26
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Could the killing of Germanicus Julius Caesar-the grandson of Mark Antony, adopted son of the emperor Tiberius, father of Caligula, and grandfather of Nero-while the Roman Empire was still in its infancy have been the root cause of the empire's collapse more than four centuries later? This brilliant investigation of Germanicus Caesar's death and its aftermath is both a compelling history and first-class murder mystery with a plot twist Agatha Christie would envy.

Author Biography

Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome, Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable Fourteenth Legion, Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar, and Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an Apostle and Created an Emperor. He is an Australian-born researcher, editor, and author who has spent the last three decades identifying and studying the individual legions of the Roman army of the late Republic and the empire of the Caesars.

Table of Contents

Atlasp. vii
Bloodline of the Caesarsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Murder of Germanicus Caesarp. 5
The Immediate Aftermathp. 15
The Return to Romep. 25
Piso Returnsp. 33
Motives for Murderp. 37
The Murder Trial Beginsp. 67
Prosecution and Defensep. 77
Destroying the Family of Germanicusp. 89
The Downfall of Sejanusp. 109
The Germanicus Emperorp. 125
The Murder of Caligulap. 133
The New Germanicus Emperorp. 141
The Murder of Claudiusp. 149
The Murder of Britannicusp. 159
The Claims of Germanicus's Quaestorp. 165
The Murder of Nero's Motherp. 171
Death for Burrus and Octaviap. 185
The Plot to Murder Nerop. 193
The End of Nerop. 205
Unmasking Germanicus's Murderersp. 211
How the Murder Was Carried Outp. 223
Notesp. 235
Glossaryp. 245
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 261
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