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    DescriptionPropelled to power by the age of 17 by an ambitious mother, self-indulgent to the point of criminality, inadequate, paranoid and the perpetrator of heinous crimes including matricide and fratricide, and deposed and killed by 31, Nero is one of Rome's most infamous Emperors. But has history treated him fairly? Or is the popular view of Nero as a capricious and depraved individual a travesty of the truth and a gross injustice to Rome's fifth emperor? This new biography will look at Nero's life with fresh eyes. While showing the man 'warts and all', it also caste a critical eye on the 'libels' which were perpetrated on him, such as claiming he was a madman, many of which were most probably made up to suit the needs of the Flavians, who had overthrown his dynasty.


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    Title
    Nero Caesar Augustus
    Subtitle
    Emperor of Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Shotter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781405824576
    ISBN 10: 1405824573
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: BGR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS002020, HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
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    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
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    DC22: 937/.07092
    LC classification: DG285 .S536 2008
    DC22: 937.070092
    Thema V1.0: DNBR, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    LONGMAN
    Publication date
    01 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    David Shotter is Professor Emeritus in Roman Imperial History at the University of Lancaster. His many books include Rome and Her Empire (2002), Tiberius Caesar (2nd edition, 2004), and The Fall of the Roman Republic (2nd edition, 2005).
    Review quote
    "A leading authority on imperial Rome and the historical work of Tacitus, as well as being an expert on coins, David Shotter has a distinguished record of publications on the Julio-Claudians. His new biography of the ever-fascinating Nero is up to date on the latest scholarship, extremely readable, and attractively illustrated." - Anthony Birley.
    Back cover copy
    "A leading authority on imperial Rome and the historical work of Tacitus, as well as being an expert on coins, David Shotter has a distinguished record of publications on the Julio-Claudians. His new biography of the ever-fascinating Nero is up to date on the latest scholarship, extremely readable, and attractively illustrated." Anthony Birley, author of "Hadrian: the Restless Emperor" (1997), "Marcus""Aurelius" (2nd ed. 1987) and "The African Emperor Septimius Severus" (2nd ed. 1988). We all think we know Nero - murderer of his brother, his mother and his pregnant wife, the Emperor who believed himself a god, fiddled while Rome burned and threw his Christian subjects to the lions. But has history got it right? The Emperor Nero is one of the most notorious figures in Roman history. His fourteen year reign was marked by paranoia, murder and persecution. He has remained ever since a benchmark for tyranny in the popular imagination. Yet, as this fascinating study shows, his reign began with high hopes. He was young, attractive, a refreshing change from his stepfather, Claudius. He was also, however, wholly inadequate to the task of ruling Rome on his own. His addiction to popular approval and fear of potential rivals drove a wedge between him and Rome's senators. The quality of his government deteriorated and he retreated more and more into his own cultural and artistic interests. Self-indulgent and paranoid to the point of criminality, he created a vicious circle which detached him from his subjects and encouraged the very conspiracies he feared. Terrible crimes, obsessive self-indulgence, big-hearted generosity, erratic judgements - David Shotter's account reveals the many contradictory faces of Nero and gives the most balanced introduction currently available for students and general readers alike of this endlessly fascinating figure.
    Table of contents
    1. The Sources of our Picture of Nero 2. The Political and Governmental Context 3. Nero's Early Life and Upbringing 4. Nero's Governmental Style 5. An Emperor for the World? 6. Nero's Personality 7. The Fall of Nero 8. Conclusion: Emperor or Monster?