The Severans: The Roman Empire Transformed

The Severans: The Roman Empire Transformed

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By (author) Michael Grant

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 15mm | 453g
  • Publication date: 20 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415127726
  • ISBN 13: 9780415127721
  • Illustrations note: 39 line drawings, 7 maps, 32 photographs, bibliography, notes, index
  • Sales rank: 1,551,444

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The Severans analyses the colourful decline of the Roman Empire during the reign of the Severans, the first non-Italian dynasty. In his learned and exciting style, Michael Grant describes the foreign wars waged against the Alemanni and the Persians, and the remarkable personalities of the imperial family. Thus the reader encounters Julia Domna's alleged literary circle, or Elagabalus' curious private life - which included dancing in the streets, marrying a vestal virgin and smothering his enemies with rose petals. With its beautifully selected plate section, maps and extensive bibliography, this book will appeal to the student of ancient history as well as to the general reader. Michael Grant is one of the world's greatest writers on ancient history. His previous publications include: Art in the Roman Empire, Greek and Roman Historians and Who's Who in Classical Mythology all published by Routledge.

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Michael Grant is one of the world's greatest writers on ancient history. He was formerly a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor of Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Khartoum and the Queen's University of Belfast. He has published over fifty books.

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..."is remarkably well illustrated...Appealing to the general reader, it has also much to offer to the serious student of Roman history."-"The Journal of Indo-European Studies "Michael Grant, one of our finest and most prolific writers on the ancient world takes on the first non-Italian Dynasty, a nine-emperor rule that extended from 193 to 235 A.D....the book is enlivened by many maps and illustrations."-Toronto Globe and Mail

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The Severans analyses the colorful decline of the Roman empire during the reign of the severans, the first non-Italian dynasty. In his learning and exciting style, Michael Grant describes the foreign wars waged against the Alemanni and the Persians, and the remarkable personalities of the imperial family.

Table of contents

List of Maps. List of Illustrations: Acknowledgements for Illustrations. Introduction. 1. Septimus Severus and the Struggle for Power 2. The Praetorians and their Prefects: Plautianus 3. The Gestures of Septimius 4. The Successors 5. The Provinces and Italy: the Constitutio Antoniniana 6. The Army: the Military Monarchy 7. Finance 8. The Syrian Women 9. The Lawyers 10. The Novel: Longus 11. Art and Architecture 12. Religion Epilogue. Appendix: The Literary Sources. List of Emperors. Abbreviations. Notes. Some Books. Index