Suetonius 12 Roman Caesars Julius Augustus Caligula Nero Claudius Otho Tiberius

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Seller: ancientgifts ✉️ (5,288) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 383299827236 Suetonius 12 Roman Caesars Julius Augustus Caligula Nero Claudius Otho Tiberius. The Twelve Caesars by Michael Grant. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. We do have many other copies of this same title in varying conditions, in "good" through "new" conditions. We also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, some international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 294 pages. Publisher: Allen Lane (1979). Dimensions: 10¼ x 8 x 1¼ inches; 2¼ pounds. Michael Grant is considered the greatest popularizer of ancient history of the century, a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world. This book is a biography of the lives of “The Twelve Caesars” – the first twelve emperors of Imperial Rome. The book examines the public and private lives of Julius Caesar and the following eleven Roman Emperors. Grant investigates the myths and legends surrounding these men and explores the effects of their public careers on their private lives. If you’re a buff or serious student of Roman History, this is a “must have”, and is considered amongst the best translations of Suetonius. CONDITION: GOOD. Lightly read hardcover w/dustjacket. Allen Lane (1979) 288 pages. Book appears as if it was read once, albeit by someone with a very light hand. From the inside the book is almost pristine; the pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, and by all appearances, very lightly read. From outside the dustjacket and covers evidence a modest spill, likely water. There's a very faint damp ripple to the back side of the dustjacket, lower middle. There's a more prominent damp ripple to the front side of the dustjacket at the spine heel. If one removes the dustjacket, there are damp (water) stains to the full cloth covers at those same areas. Evidently someone spilled water on the book, looks like on the front side, which wrapped around the spine and wet to a lesser degree, the back side of the book. There are also corresponding stains to the underside of the dustjacket. The spill must have been wiped off very quickly, as other than the damp stains to the covers and underside of the dustjacket, there are no other indications of damage - no rippled or damaged pages, etc. Otherwise the dustjacket evidencesd only modest edge and corner shelfwear, principally in the form of mild crinkling to the top edge of both the front and back sides of the dustjacket, as well as mild crinkling to the dustjacket spine head and heel. There's also a slight wrinkle at the lower corner of the back side of the dustjacket. The blue full cloth covers evidence only very mild edge and corner shelfwear as well, and are unsoiled except for the colorless (water) stains. Given the reading wear observable to the book and the colorless damp stains to the covers, it might lack the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy". Nonetheless for those not concerned with whether the book will or will not enhance their social status or intellectual reputation, it is notwithstanding an unmarked and relatively clean copy of a rather difficult to find title. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. #053.2j. 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. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Conspiracy, suspicion, power, corruption, poison, conquests, marauders, murders and more murders. Such is the history of Roman Empire. Then again there are copious examples from every nation's history of such dastardly acts to grab power, from Egyptians pharos, to Bourbons, to Indian Moguls, to British royalty. Human nature has changed very little in two thousand years. Now instead of murdering opponents, we vilify them to such an extent that populace loathes and discards them in the garbage bin. Grant discounts Lord Acton's polemical quote "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". Later Lord Acton had modified in saying that too much responsibility coupled with intense fear of life corrupts absolutely. It is very hard to imagine for us, normal souls, with two thousand years separation, what we would do if we were given absolute power over everybody and every thing. But would we resort to killing our own mother like Nero, or have sexual relationships with sisters, like Caligula. It is quite possible if Nixon were the Roman Empire and Watergate exploded on the stage, he would not have hesitated in having few senators, congressmen dispatched in due haste. If there are any good emperors, the vote should go to Augustus, starting from nothing, except, Julius Caesar's adopted nephew, to emerge as victor, after defeating all his rivals, one by one including Mark Anthony and his beloved Cleopatra. Vespatian can also be called a hero to come up the ranks from an ordinary family to start a dynasty and consolidate Rome after bitter civil war. Agripina the younger stands out among all the women , (if one can discount Livia, Augustus’s wife in Graves incomparable "I, Claudius", where he portrays Livia as villai) who is married to aging Claudius, the fourth emperor. She runs the kingdom in his name and manages to bypass Claudius own son and places her son, Nero on the throne. How does Nero reward her? He lets her go out on a faulty boat to drown. What are sons for? Few emperors, imperators were tyrants, megalomanias and sadists and most of them were murdered by conspiracy. Why any body wanted to be one is puzzling as no doubt they all knew the history so well. So Lord Acton is right. It is human nature to lust for absolute power. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Grant is clearly an expert in his field and often provides terrific insights. I think this is my favorite of all Grant's works that I have read. Part of that is because I love Roman History and perhaps another factor is that this book tends to stick more or less to a chronological narrative, preventing it from becoming too dry. My favorite part in this book is the conclusion. Grant's enlightened insight into the job of being an emperor is outstanding! Overall a very good volume and an easy one to read if you are a novice in classical history. Grant has always done a great job with somehow making a complex topic easy to read for the masses. He covers the first twelve emperors adequately, but to get more out of each one you really need to purchase a separate book on each of the emperors. I liked this book because it gave a good overview of each of them and I was intrigued enough about the lives of a few of them to go out and buy an additional book. If you want a good overview of the emperors without much detail then this is a great book. REVIEW: Grant's "The Twelve Caesars" is an excellent resource through which to learn about the first twelve Roman "emperors" - Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. I say "emperors" in quotes because, as Grant so ably explains, the early Roman rulers, starting with Caesar Augustus, maintained every pretense that they were merely guardians of a republic. Even the word "imperator" was ambiguous. But as time went on, largely through the political genius of Augustus, the system evolved into de jure as well as a de facto imperial rule. Grant debunks as propaganda most of the salacious gossip surrounding the Caesars - which, to any of us familiar with the story of Tiberius and his "minnows," is a little disconcerting. But truth is vastly more interesting than fiction, and Grant delivers it in abundance. ANCIENT ROME: One of the greatest civilizations of recorded history was the ancient Roman Empire. The Roman civilization, in relative terms the greatest military power in the history of the world, was founded in the 8th century (B.C.) on seven hills alongside Italy’s Tiber River. By the 4th Century (B.C.) the Romans were the dominant power on the Italian Peninsula, having defeated the Etruscans, Celts, Latins, and Greek Italian colonies. In the 3rd Century (B.C.) the Romans conquered Sicily, and in the following century defeated Carthage, and controlled Greece. Throughout the remainder of the 2nd Century (B.C.) the Roman Empire continued its gradual conquest of the Hellenistic (Greek Colonial) World by conquering Syria and Macedonia; and finally came to control Egypt and much of the Near East and Levant (Holy Land) in the 1st Century (B.C.). The pinnacle of Roman power was achieved in the 1st Century (A.D.) as Rome conquered much of Britain and Western Europe. At its peak, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain in the West, throughout most of Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, and into Asia Minor. For a brief time, the era of “Pax Romana”, a time of peace and consolidation reigned. Civilian emperors were the rule, and the culture flourished with a great deal of liberty enjoyed by the average Roman Citizen. However within 200 years the Roman Empire was in a state of steady decay, attacked by Germans, Goths, and Persians. The decline was temporarily halted by third century Emperor Diocletian. In the 4th Century (A.D.) the Roman Empire was split between East and West. The Great Emperor Constantine again managed to temporarily arrest the decay of the Empire, but within a hundred years after his death the Persians captured Mesopotamia, Vandals infiltrated Gaul and Spain, and the Goths even sacked Rome itself. Most historians date the end of the Western Roman Empire to 476 (A.D.) when Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed. However the Eastern Roman Empire (The Byzantine Empire) survived until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 A.D. In the ancient world valuables such as coins and jewelry were commonly buried for safekeeping, and inevitably the owners would succumb to one of the many perils of the ancient world. Oftentimes the survivors of these individuals did not know where the valuables had been buried, and today, thousands of years later (occasionally massive) caches of coins and rings are still commonly uncovered throughout Europe and Asia Minor. Throughout history these treasures have been inadvertently discovered by farmers in their fields, uncovered by erosion, and the target of unsystematic searches by treasure seekers. With the introduction of metal detectors and other modern technologies to Eastern Europe in the past three or four decades, an amazing number of new finds are seeing the light of day thousands of years after they were originally hidden by their past owners. And with the liberalization of post-Soviet Eastern Europe in the 1990’s, significant new sources opened eager to share these ancient treasures. [AncientGifts]. History of Rome. According to legend, Ancient Rome was founded by the two brothers, and demi-gods, Romulus and Remus, on 21 April 753 B.C. The legend claims that, in an argument over who would rule the city (or, in another version, where the city would be located) Romulus killed Remus and named the city after himself. This story of the founding of Rome is the best known but it is not the only one. Other legends claim the city was named after a woman, Roma, who traveled with Aeneas and the other survivors from Troy after that city fell. Upon landing on the banks of the Tiber River, Roma and the other women objected when the men wanted to move on. She led the women in the burning of the Trojan ships and so effectively stranded the Trojan survivors at the site which would eventually become Rome. Aeneas of Troy is featured in this legend and also, famously, in Virgil's Aeneid, as a founder of Rome and the ancestor of Romulus and Remus, thus linking Rome with the grandeur and might which was once Troy. Still other theories concerning the name of the famous city suggest it came from Rumon, the ancient name for the Tiber River, and was simply a place-name given to the small trading centre established on its banks or that the name derived from an Etruscan word which could have designated one of their settlements. Originally a small town on the banks of the Tiber, Rome grew in size and strength, early on, through trade. The location of the city provided merchants with an easily navigable waterway on which to traffic their goods. The city was ruled by seven kings, from Romulus to Tarquin, as it grew in size and power. Greek culture and civilization, which came to Rome via Greek colonies to the south, provided the early Romans with a model on which to build their own culture. From the Greeks they borrowed literacy and religion as well as the fundamentals of architecture. Condition: GOOD. Lightly read but with mildly damp damaged covers and dustjacket. See deailed condition description below., Publisher: Allen Lane (1979), Format: Hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 288 pages, Dimensions: 10¼ x 8 x 1¼ inches; 2¼ pounds

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