69 A.D.: The Year of Four Emperors by Gwyn Morgan

69 A.D.: The Year of Four Emperors

byGwyn Morgan

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The Year of Four Emperors, so the ancient sources assure us, was one of the most chaotic, violent, and frightening periods in all Roman history. It was a time of assassinations and civil war, of armies so out of control that they had no qualms about occupying the city of Rome, and of ambitiousmen who ruthlessly seized power only to have it wrenched from their grasps. In 69 AD, Gwyn Morgan offers a fresh look at this period, based on two considerations to which insufficient attention has been paid in the past. First, that we need to unravel rather than cherry-pick between the conflicting accounts of Tacitus, Plutarch and Suetonius, our three main sources ofinformation. And second, that the role of the armies, as distinct from that of their commanders, has too often been exaggerated. The result is a remarkably accurate and insightful narrative history, filled with colorful portraits of the leading participants and new insights into the nature of theRoman military. A strikingly vivid account of ancient Rome, 69 AD is an original and compelling account of one of the best known but perhaps least understood periods in all Roman history. It will engage and enlighten all readers with a love for the tumultuous soap opera that was Roman political life.

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Gwyn Morgan is Professor of Classics and History at the University of Texas at Austin.
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69 AD: The Year of Four Emperors
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Title:69 A.D.: The Year of Four EmperorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:April 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Fall of Nero and the Julio-Claudian House2. The Reign of Galba3. Adoption and Assassination4. The Opening of the Vitellian Offensive (January-February)5. Otho Prepares for War (January-February)6. The War between Otho and Vitellius (March-April)7. The Reign of Vitellius (April-September 69)8. The Beginning of the End: Vespasian through August 699. The Opening of the Flavian Offensive (August-October)10. End-Game (November-December)ConclusionAppendices

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"This important book on the Histories of Tacitus surpasses earlier works on the civil wars that shook Rome and its empire in the year of 69. Like Tacitus, Morgan illuminates the universal themes that make the history of this one year significant for all time--the political and social upheavalsconsequent on a contested transfer of power; the nature of military and political leadership, the psychology of the military and civilian masses who are involved in, or spectators of, civil war." --Mark Morford, Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Virginia