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Emperors Don't Die in Bed - Fik Meijer

Emperors Don't Die in Bed

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780415312011
Number Of Pages: 192

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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.

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'Fik Meijer's book is very handy as a repetition course for everybody interested in the history and fate of the Roman emperors.' -- Arctos

Introductionp. 1
The Julio-Claudian Emperorsp. 11
The Year of the Four Emperorsp. 34
The Flavian Emperorsp. 42
The Antonine Emperorsp. 50
The African and Syrian Emperorsp. 66
The Soldier Emperorsp. 83
Diocletian and the Tetrarchyp. 109
Constantine and the Struggle for Powerp. 117
The Dynasty of Constantinep. 125
The Late Fourth Centuryp. 134
The Divided Empirep. 145
The End of Antiquityp. 162
Bibliographyp. 172
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780415312011
ISBN-10: 0415312019
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1