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    DescriptionFrom acclaimed classical historian and author of "Ghost on the Throne" ("Gripping...the narrative verve of a born writer and the erudition of a scholar"-Daniel Mendelsohn) and "The Landmark Arrian" ("Thrilling"-"The New York Times Book Review")-a work of history on the grand scale: a high stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, and perversion. At the center: the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome's preeminent writer and philosopher, and his student Nero, Emperor of Rome. And controlling them both, Nero's mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger: Roman empress, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece, and fourth wife, of Emperor Claudius..."Dying Every Day" weaves together the life and written words, the moral struggles, political intrigue, and bloody vengeance that enmeshed Seneca the Younger in the twisted imperial family and the perverse, paranoid regime of Emperor Nero, the last and most detestable of the Caesarean family, whose descent into madness saw five family murders, the revolt of Boudicca in England, the Fire of Rome, and a savage purge that destroyed Rome's supreme minds during the Senate's golden age.


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    Title
    Dying Every Day
    Subtitle
    Seneca at the Court of Nero
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mr James Romm
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 290
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307596871
    ISBN 10: 0307596877
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, HIS002000, BIO009000
    B&T Approval Code: A24200000
    Abridged Dewey: 188
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
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    DC23: 937.06092
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B618 .R64 2014
    Thema V1.0: DNB, QD, NHC, NHDA
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    03 November 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His books on the ancient world include "Ghost on the Throne, The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought," "Herodotus "and, as editor, "The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander."
    Review quote
    Praise for James Romm’s   DYING EVERY DAY     “Romm adeptly expounds the puzzle of Seneca’s life.”                                                               -The New Yorker   “James Romm stitches this tapestry of evil together with a practiced hand.”                                                               -Michael D. Langan, Buffalo News   “A splendid and incisive historical page-turner... This is how history should be written: vivid storytelling springing to life at a master’s touch... Romm’s narrative proves so compelling precisely because he concentrates on character, combining erudite scholarship with a novelist’s flair for telling detail. The result becomes an exception to the rule: When exercised with wisdom, dexterity and fervor, literary power shines as incorruptible.”                                                               -Arlice Davenport, Wichita Eagle   “Thoroughly engaging and fascinating...A high-stakes drama, laced with murders, madness, and despotism...The highlight of the spring season.”                                                               -Anne La Farge, Hudson Valley News   “Romm's compulsively readable account of imperial intrigues (incest, murder, suicide) brings contradictory visions of Seneca into three-dimensional focus.”                                                               -Chronogram   “Romm's approach combines the commonly known with the fascinating, but more obscure. He makes a sustained point of showing Seneca as neither black nor white, neither totally deserving of his fate, nor so noble that all charges should drip off his well-oiled back. He shows different sides to the emperors as well and puts the women of the Caesars into their well-deserved positions of prominence…The fact that Romm presents the Stoic philosopher in this novel complex light and that he shows sides of the more famous that aren't common knowledge leaves me feeling [like] I got an awful lot out of reading it.  Have I mentioned, I really, really liked this book?”                                                               -N. S. Gill, About.com   “Historians from Seneca’s contemporaries through the present day have puzzled over his true character. Ascetic Stoic moralist or conniving courtier?  Romm doesn't claim to settle the centuries-old mystery, but sheds light using ancient sources and occasional references to modern critics, joining his readers in marveling at a regime remembered by history for its shocking excesses.”                                                               -Julia Jenkins, Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)   “Extensively researched.  A book that will be welcomed by both scholars and those with a more casual interest in history. In addition and most important to our time is the detailed study of power politics and the inevitable consequences of weakness and corruption allowing power to be concentrated into few hands… An engrossing account of a time when rational thought was set aside in favor of passion and when good men cowed in the face of tyranny and did nothing to stem it.”                                                               -Jeremy McGuire, New York Journal of Books   “A compelling, and terrifying, vision of a bloodthirsty, ruthlessly ambitious emperor and his court.”                                                               -Jenny Yabroff, Biographile