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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122178005852 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! The Syrian Princesses: The Women Who Ruled Rome, AD 193-235 by Godfrey Turton. DESCRIPTION: Hardback: 209 pages. Publisher: Cassell & Company LTD; (1974). Seldom has human society enjoyed such peace and unity as in the Roman Empire of the first two centuries A.D. The Empire covered Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. This heyday lasted until late in the third century when with appalling suddenness, the Roman peace collapsed into chaos. The debacle might have come earlier but for the success with which two generations of women, the “Four Syrian Princesses”, worked with their feminine genius to maintain the stability of the Empire, holding the reins of government in fact if not in name. At sixteen, Julia Domna, younger daughter of the High Priest at Emesa in Syria, became the second wife of Septimius Severus. Beautiful, intelligent , and high spirited, she gathered about her a circle of literary and scientific men of learning and exerted her influence through them. Her sister, Julia Maesa, her ambition over-shadowed for much of her life by her sister’s brilliance, found political expression after her nephew, the Emperor Caracalla, was murdered. She fought his usurper bitterly, for she considered that only her family was entitled to the purple. Her strength of will and statecraft restored the dynasty to power through her grandson, the Emperor Heliogabalus, son of Julia Sohaemias, the third of the Prinesses. It was Julia Maesa’s misfortune that Heliogabalus’s short life of debauchery should deprive her efforts of their proper reward. Her younger daughter Julia Mamaea, left alone after only three years by her mother’s death to carry on the matriarchy, inherited her administrative ability, and the Empire, nominally ruled by her son Alexander, throve for ten years before her jealous domination of him alienated the army. Alexander, deposed, his nerve gone, clung sobbing to his mother as a military tribune and centurions rushed into their tent and stabbed them both to death. The anarchy which followed obliterated law and order throughout the Roman Empire for fifty years, by which time, though somewhat restored by the House of Constantine, it was nonetheless in an irreversible state of decline. The Author Godfrey Turton has skillfully portrayed the final decades before the downfall of the Empire when, surprisingly at this period in history, four women from an Eastern province wielded unprecedented power throughout the vast dominions of Rome. This is simply a must read for any serious student of Imperial Rome. It is a rare and exceedingly difficult to find out-of-print title. CONDITION: NEW. Slight shelf wear to jacket consistent with open shelf bookstore stock. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: In the mid 180s (A.D.), Septimius Severus became governor of the province of Gallia Lugdunensis. At this point in the emperor's life, the Historia Augusta records, "He had meanwhile lost his wife, and now, wishing to take another, he made inquiries about the horoscopes of marriageable women, being himself no mean astrologer; and when he learned that there was a woman in Syria whose horoscope predicted that she would wed a king, he sought her for his wife, and through the mediation of his friends secured her. By her, presently, he became a father.” During the final decades of the Roman Empire, before its fall, four Syrian princesses held the empire together, 'holding the reigns of government in fact if not in name', - and the Author explains how they accomplished this in his study of JULIA DOMNA (wife of Septimus Severus), JULIA MAESA, JULIA SOHAEMIAS and JULIA MAMAEA. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: In general, the women of the Severan dynasty, Syrian by birth, were well-educated and patrons of literature, philosophy and the arts. Julia Domna, for example, is said to have formed a circle of educated individuals around her, including, for example, Apollonius of Tyana. This is unlikely to be true. Nevertheless, Julia Mammaea, mother of Severus Alexander and, in effect, regent (her son was 7 years old at his accession), relied on some of the best legal minds for advice. A very readable account of the female members of the dynasty is G. Turton, The Syrian Princesses. The Women Who Ruled Rome A.D. 193-225. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: From the modern reader's perspective, the Roman Third Century is one of history's blind spots - we know pretty much what went on during the disastrous third century - a period of decline begun with the death of Septimius Severus and arrested only by the advent of Aurelian, but between these figures (who have been well-biographed) there is a decided lack of literature. To a limited extent, this fills the gap by relating the life histories of Julia Domna (wife of Septimius Severus, daughter of a noble Syrian family and empress until 211 A.D.), her sons Geta and Caracalla (emperor from 211-17), her sister Julia Maesa, niece Julia Soaemias (mother of Emperor Elagabalus, A.D. 218-222) and other niece Julia Mamaea (mother of Alexander Severus, A.D. 222-35). It is generally agreed that no collection of women in Imperial Rome have held such sway as this extraordinary family. One day someone enterprising will write an entertaining history of this entire century; in the meantime, this competent book is a reasonable account of the first 35 years. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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