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Caesar's Legacy
Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire

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  • Date Published: February 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521671774

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  • In April 44 BC the eighteen-year-old Gaius Octavius landed in Italy and launched his take-over of the Roman world. Defeating first Caesar's assassins, then the son of Pompey the Great, and finally Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, he dismantled the old Republic, took on the new name 'Augustus', and ruled forty years more with his equally remarkable wife Livia. Caesar's Legacy grippingly retells the story of Augustus' rise to power by focusing on how the bloody civil wars which he and his soldiers fought transformed the lives of men and women throughout the Mediterranean world and beyond. During this violent period citizens of Rome and provincials came to accept a new form of government and found ways to celebrate it. Yet they also mourned, in literary masterpieces and stories passed on to their children, the terrible losses they endured throughout the long years of fighting.

    • Provides a gripping narrative of the rise to power of Rome's first emperor, Augustus
    • Uses an unusually broad range of evidence: historic sources, creative literature, coins, works of art
    • Analyses for the first time the distinctive features of the triumviral period
    • Exploits recently-published inscriptions to explore in full the impact of Rome's civil wars on the inhabitants of the provinces
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    'By close and intelligent readings of very different types of contemporary evidence, Osgood makes the reader understand the horror of those years in the lives of ordinary Romans. His mastery of a very wide range of modern scholarship is matched by an admirably direct and accessible style. Caesar's Legacy is a historical work of real distinction.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… a fine achievement … A vision of the triumviral period now exists where none existed before. In his first book, Mr Osgood provides an admirable demonstration of original scholarship, and he is to be warmly congratulated.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    '… an important book …' Journal of Classics Teaching

    '… an important contribution to late-republican scholarship, and a captivating read for any Roman historian.' L'Antiquité Classique

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521671774
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.735kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: missing years
    1. Soldier and a statesman
    2. Fights for freedom
    3. Land appropriations
    4. From discord to harmony?
    5. Struggle for survival
    6. The new nobility
    7. Sense of promise
    8. Out of chaos consent.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Latin
    • Roman Republic to Roman Empire, Caesar to Augustus
    • The Idea of Civil War in Roman Literature and Culture (Roman Literature)
  • Author

    Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Josiah Osgood is Assistant Professor of Classics at Georgetown University, where he lectures on Roman history and Latin literature. He undertook his graduate studies at Yale University where his dissertation was awarded the John Addison Porter prize for outstanding academic writing. This is his first book.

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