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By Gwyn Morgan

ISBN-10: 0195315898

ISBN-13: 9780195315899

The 12 months of 4 Emperors, so the traditional resources guarantee us, used to be the most chaotic, violent and scary classes in all Roman background: a time of assassinations and civil wars, of armies so uncontrolled they'd no qualms approximately occupying the town of Rome, and of formidable males who seized energy basically to lose it, one after another.
In sixty nine advert, Gwyn Morgan deals a clean examine this era, in accordance with issues to which inadequate consciousness has been paid long ago. First, that we have to resolve instead of cherry-pick among the conflicting bills of Tacitus, Plutarch and Suetonius, our 3 major assets of data. And moment, that the position of the armies, as specific from that in their commanders, has too usually been exaggerated. the result's a remarkably exact and insightful narrative historical past, choked with colourful photographs of the top contributors and new insights into the character of the Roman army Morgan levels from the suicide of Nero in June sixty eight to the triumph of Vespasian in December sixty nine. In among, 3 different emperors carry energy. We meet Galba, previous, tightfisted and conservative, who used to be declared emperor in June sixty eight and assassinated in January sixty nine. Otho, as soon as Nero's boon significant other, who was once chargeable for murdering Galba, seized energy in a coup in Rome in January sixty nine and, to everybody's shock, devoted suicide 3 months later in a useless try and finish the civil wars. Vitellius, as indolent as he was once extravagant, who was once recommend through formidable lieutenants, famous by way of the senate in Rome after they heard of Otho's dying in April, and shrink through Vespasian's partisans within the final days of December. after which there's Vespasian, the candidate who seemed least prone to be successful, yet (according to Tacitus) was once nonetheless the 1st to be better via turning into emperor.
A strikingly vibrant account of historical Rome, sixty nine advert is an unique and compelling account of 1 of the easiest recognized yet maybe least understood classes in all Roman historical past.

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The senate, which, egged on by Cato, had made plans for just such an eventuality, voted for war once again. They sent out a trained army comprising, according to the Alexandrian Greek historian Appian (c. AD 95–c. 165), THE REPUBLIC 27 80,000 infantry and 4,000 cavalry, under the command of the consuls, ‘to whom they gave secret orders not to discontinue the war until Carthage had been razed to the ground’ (Punic Wars, VIII. 11). The Third Punic War lasted for just three years (149–146 BC). That it continued so long was due to a heroic Carthaginian defence of their city.

CATO THE CENSOR (234–149 BC) The progress from quaestor to consul via the offices of aedile and praetor was a natural one, and came more quickly to those who had proved themselves able soldiers in time of war. On the other hand, as under normal circumstances no-one could hold the same office twice in ten years, unless there was a suitable provincial governorship available, some very accomplished men could be left without fulltime employment at the height of their powers. Such a one was Marcus Porcius Cato, also known as Cato the Elder to distinguish him from his great-grandson, Marcus Porcius Cato ‘of Utica’ (95–46 BC), a political leader of the utmost integrity and single-mindedness.

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