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    DescriptionAn unforgettable depiction of the Roman empire at the height of its power and reach, and an elegantly sensational retelling of the lives and times of the twelve Caesars One of the them was a military genius, one murdered his mother and fiddled while Rome burned, another earned the nickname "sphincter artist." Six of their number were assassinated, two committed suicide--and five of them were elevated to the status of gods. They have come down to posterity as the "twelve Caesars"--Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Under their rule, from 49 BC to AD 96, Rome was transformed from a republic to an empire, whose model of regal autocracy would survive in the West for more than a thousand years. Matthew Dennison offers a beautifully crafted sequence of colorful biographies of each emperor, triumphantly evoking the luxury, license, brutality, and sophistication of imperial Rome at its zenith. But as well as vividly recreating the lives, loves, and vices of this motley group of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an era of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, five-hundred-year-old political system and its replacement by a dictatorship which, against all the odds, succeeded more convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing a vast international landmass.


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    Title
    The Twelve Caesars
    Subtitle
    The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matthew Dennison
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 385
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 620 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250023537
    ISBN 10: 125002353X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BISAC V2.8: BIO011000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY, CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, BIO006000
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    DC21: 937.070922
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    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    DC22: 937/.070922
    LC classification: DG278 .D46 2013
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHDA
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    St. Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St. Martin's Press
    Publication date
    25 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    MATTHEW DENNISON is the author of the critically acclaimed "The Last Princess "and" Livia, Empress of Rome." As a journalist, he contributes to "The Times," "The Daily Telegraph," "Country Life," and "The Spectator." He is married and lives in London and North Wales.
    Review quote
    "Dennison offers his own idiosyncratic take on these twelve caesars . . . [his] approach combines thoughtful reflection and analysis with gossipy irreverence in a bewitching cocktail." --"Daily Express" on "The Twelve Caesars""Unputdownable . . . these histories from 2,000 years ago are riveting in their insight, black humor, and sheer readability." --"Daily Mail "on "The Twelve Caesars" "An erudite, nuanced, and engrossing portrait of a turbulent era and of an empress demonized for refusing to be invisible." --"Publishers Weekly "on "Livia, Empress of Rome " "Fascinating." --"Vogue "on "The Last Princess"