The Year of the Four Emperors

The Year of the Four Emperors

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After Nero's notorious reign, the Romans surely deserved a period of peace and tranquility. Instead, during AD69, three emperors were murdered: Galba, just days into the post, Otho and Vitellius. The same year also saw civil war in Italy, two desperate battles at Cremona and the capture of Rome for Vespasian, which action saw the fourth emperor of the year, but also brought peace. This classic work, now updated and reissued under a new title, is a gripping account of this tumultuous year. Wellesley also focuses on the year's historical importance, which also marked the watershed between the first and second imperial dynasties.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 12 b&w photographs
  • 0415232287
  • 9780415232289

About Kenneth Wellesley

Kenneth Wellesley taught in the Department of Humanity (Latin) at the University of Edinburgh from 1949 until his retirement in 1981. A contributor to many classical periodicals, he is best known as a Tacitean scholar: he translated the Histories for the Penguin Classics series and edited both the Histories and part of the Annales for the Teubner Library. Barbara Levick was Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Her published works include biographies of Tiberius (Routledge Pb 1999), Vespasian (Routledge 1999) and Claudius (1993) , as well as a sourcebook on The Government of the Roman Empire (Routledge 2000)

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Table of contents

1 Prospect and Retrospect 2 The Five Days' Caesar 3 Caecina and Valens 4 Otho's Reaction 5 The First Battle of Cremona 6 Vitellius' March to Rome 7 Flavian Hopes 8 The Second Battle of Cremona 9 Antonius Moves South 10 Rhine and Nile 11 The Battle of Rome 12 The Last Ten Days

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