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Caesar's Legacy

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

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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521855822

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  • Caesar's Legacy recounts the rise to power of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, 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. The volume demonstrates how, during this violent period, Romans came to accept a new form of government and found ways to celebrate it in their towns and cities. It also reveals how they mourned, in literary masterpieces and stories passed onto their children, the terrible losses that accompanied 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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    "...a fine achievement. A lesser scholar would have easily lost the way in the array of sources from which the author gleans and rearranges his material in a stunning montage. 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."
    J.A. Lobur, University of Mississippi, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "Osgood has woven togehter a great diversity of sources--much poetry as well as historical narratives, inscriptions, and some art--into a coherent story with the kind of broad scope of vision, scholarly range, and mature judgement that is rarely found in a first book." - Robert Morstein-Marx, University of California, Santa Barbara

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521855822
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • 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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