This fresh and engaging book looks at each of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in AD 476, illuminating not only the manner of their deaths but what their final days tell us about their lives. We also hear how the most powerful position in the history of the Western world held a permanent appeal, despite its perils, with eager candidates constantly coming forward to seize the throne.
Very few of the Roman emperors died a natural death. The insane Caligula was murdered after leaving the theatre; Caracalla while he was relieving himself. Caesar was stabbed twenty three times and Otho was dragged into the Tiber with a flesh-hook. However great an emperor's power, danger was ever present.
Emperors Don't Die in Bed provides a clear history of the imperial succession as well as a compelling depiction of the intrigue and drama of Roman imperial politics.
'Fik Meijer's book is very handy as a repetition course for everybody interested in the history and fate of the Roman emperors.' -- Arctos
|The Julio-Claudian Emperors||p. 11|
|The Year of the Four Emperors||p. 34|
|The Flavian Emperors||p. 42|
|The Antonine Emperors||p. 50|
|The African and Syrian Emperors||p. 66|
|The Soldier Emperors||p. 83|
|Diocletian and the Tetrarchy||p. 109|
|Constantine and the Struggle for Power||p. 117|
|The Dynasty of Constantine||p. 125|
|The Late Fourth Century||p. 134|
|The Divided Empire||p. 145|
|The End of Antiquity||p. 162|
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Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1