Emperors Don't Die in Bed

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This fresh and engaging book looks at each of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in AD 476, illuminating not only the manner of their deaths but what their final days tell us about their lives. We also hear how the most powerful position in the history of the Western world held a permanent appeal, despite its perils, with eager candidates constantly coming forward to seize the throne.

Very few of the Roman emperors died a natural death. The insane Caligula was murdered after leaving the theatre; Caracalla while he was relieving himself. Caesar was stabbed twenty three times and Otho was dragged into the Tiber with a flesh-hook. However great an emperor's power, danger was ever present.

Emperors Don't Die in Bed provides a clear history of the imperial succession as well as a compelling depiction of the intrigue and drama of Roman imperial politics.

 

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A great read, a fasinating look at back stabbing (litrally) and ambition in the roman world. Makes you think twice before eating anything your Mother has made you! Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Introduction
1
The JulioClaudian emperors
11
27 BCAD 14
14
1437
20
3741
23
4154
27
5468
30
THE YEAR OF THE FOUR EMPERORS
34
283284
106
283285
107
Diocletian and the tetrarchy
109
293306
111
305307
112
285305
113
293311
114
284305 died in 325
115

69
37
69
39
The Flavian emperors
42
7981
44
8196
46
The Antonine emperors
50
98117
52
117138
54
138161
57
161169
59
161180
60
180192
63
The African and Syrian Emperors
66
193
68
193211
70
211
73
211217
74
217218
76
218222
78
222235
80
The Soldier Emperors
83
238
85
235238
86
238
87
238244
88
244249
90
249251
92
251253
93
253
94
253260 died after 260
95
253268
96
268270
98
270
99
270273
100
275276
102
276
103
276282
104
282283
105
Constantine and the struggle for power
117
305313
119
308324 died in 325
120
306337
122
The Dynasty of Constantine
125
337350
126
350 died i 356 and Magnentius 350353
127
337361
129
360363
131
The late fourth century
134
364375
135
364378
137
367383
139
383388
140
375392
141
392394
142
379395
143
The Divided Empire
145
395423
146
408450
148
425455
150
455
151
455456 died Later?
152
450457
153
457461
154
461465
156
472
157
457474 and Leo II 474
158
473474 died Later
159
474475 died in 480?
160
475476 died Later
161
The End of Antiquity
162
Family trees
164
Maps
168
Bibliography
172
Index
175
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Über den Autor (2004)

Fik Meijer is professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam, translator and author. His most recent publication is St. Paul's Seavoyage to Rome.

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