The story of Claudius has often been told before. Ancient writers saw the emperor as the dupe of his wives and palace insiders; Robert Graves tried to rehabilitate him as a far shrewder, if still frustrated, politician. In this book, Josiah Osgood shifts the focus off the personality of Claudius and on to what his tumultuous years in power reveal about the developing political culture of the early Roman Empire. What precedents set by Augustus were followed? What had to be abandoned? How could a new emperor win the support of key elements of Roman society? This richly illustrated discussion draws on a range of newly discovered documents, exploring events that move far beyond the city of Rome and Italy to Egypt and Judea, Morocco and Britain. Claudius Caesar provides a new perspective not just on Claudius himself, but on all Roman emperors, the Roman Empire, and the nature of empires more generally.Read more
- Gripping narrative of Claudius' years in power, allowing the reader to understand the interrelationship of key events and the process of decision-making within one emperor's reign
- Exploits many recently discovered documents, as well as more familiar texts such as Tacitus' history and the New Testament, and explores how these can best be used for the reconstruction of imperial history
- Includes numerous illustrations, demonstrating how important visual imagery was in the political culture of Rome
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- Date Published: November 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521708258
- length: 374 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 82 b/w illus. 5 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Prologue: the Roman Empire in 41 AD
Introduction: the problem of Claudius
1. Claudius Caesar
2. A statue in silver
3. Imperial favors
4. Subduing the ocean
5. Lists of peoples and places
7. The eight hundredth year of Rome
8. Practical pyramids
9. The burden of government
10. The judgment of Pallas
11. Signaling retreat?
12. The golden predicament.
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