Lives of the Later Caesars: The First Part of the Augustan History, with Newly Compiled Lives of Nerva and Trajan
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Lives of the Later Caesars: The First Part of the Augustan History, with Newly Compiled Lives of Nerva and Trajan : The First Part of the Augustan History, with Lives of Nerva and Trajan

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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.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • maps, bibliography, index
  • 0140443088
  • 9780140443080
  • 139,867

About Anthony Birley

Anthony Birley is a renowned translator.

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Table of contents

Lives of the Later CaesarsIntroduction Abbreviations Chronological table of emperors The Lives Nerva Trajan The Augustan History Hadrian Aelius Antoninus Pius Marcus Antoninus Verus Avidius Cassius Commodus Antoninus Pertinax Didius Julianus Severus Pescennius Niger Clodius Albinus Antoninus Caracallus Antoninus Geta Opilius Macrinus Diadumenus Antoninus Antoninus Heliogabalus Geneological tables (stemma) A. Trajan and Hadrian B. Antoninus Pius C. Marcus D. The children of Marcus E. Lucius Verus F. Septimius Severus Map of Italy, showing places names in the text Map of the Roman Empire, showing places named in the text Index

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