Trajan: Optimus Princeps

Trajan: Optimus Princeps

Paperback Roman Imperial Biographies (Paperback)

By (author) Julian Bennett

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 38mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 21 December 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415241502
  • ISBN 13: 9780415241502
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: 30 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 374,307

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Did Trajan really deserve his reputation as the embodiment of all imperial virtues? Why did Dante, writing in the Middle Ages, place him in the sixth sphere of Heaven among the Just and Temperate rulers? In this, the only biography of Trajan available in English, Julian Bennett rigorously tests the substance of this glorious reputation. Surprisingly, for a Roman emperor, Trajan comes through the test with his reputation relatively intact.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1. The Making of a New Aristocracy, Chapter 2. The Rise of the Ulpii, Chapter 3. Imperial Expansion and Crisis, Chapter 4. Domitian's General, Nerva's Heir, Chapter 5. The New Ruler, Chapter 6. A Public Ideology, Chapter 7. The Inauguration of a New Era, Chapter 8. Dacicus, Chapter 9. Optimus Princeps, Chapter 10. Law, Finance and Literature, Chapter 11. Pater Patriae, Chapter 12. "Redacta in Formam Provinciae...", Chapter 13. Parthicus, Chapter 14. A Perfect Prince? Appendix: Dio's Account of the Dacian Wars.