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The Reign of Emperor Gallienus (Hardback)

The Apogee of Roman Cavalry

Ancient History Rome Colour Books Military

By Ilkka Syvanne
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781526745217
Published: 13th May 2019

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This is the only fully illustrated military life of the Emperor Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus (253-268). Considered the most blatantly military man of all of the soldier emperors of the third century, Gallienus is the emperor in Harry Sidebottom’s bestselling Warrior of Rome novels.

Gallienus faced more simultaneous usurpations and foreign invasions than any other emperor, but somehow he managed to survive. Dr. Ilkka Syvanne explains how this was possible. It was largely thanks to the untiring efforts of Gallienus that the Roman Empire survived for another 1,200 years. Gallienus was a notorious libertarian, womanizer, and cross-dresser, but he was also a fearless warrior, duellist and general all at the same time. This monograph explains why he was loved by the soldiers,yet so intensely hated by some officers that they killed him in a conspiracy.

The year 2018 is the 1,800th anniversary of Gallienus’ date of birth and the 1,750th anniversary of his date of death. The Reign of Gallienus celebrates the life and times of this great man.

This is an unusual history of an unusual soldier of Rome who rose to Emperor. The extensive use of illustration, including specially commissioned full colour illustration makes this an engaging history of a fascinating subject – Very Highly Recommended

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In my opinion it is a beautiful book that investigates the life and works of an emperor undervalued by the "general public" but who deserves to be known for his military and historical legacy.

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About Ilkka Syvanne

Dr Ilkka Syvanne gained his doctorate in history in 2004 from Tampere University in his native Finland. His doctoral thesis was published as The Age of Hippotoxotai, Art of War in Roman Military Revival and Disaster 491-636 (Tampere University Press, Tampere 2004). He has also written numerous articles on late Roman/Byzantine warfare, and contributed seven entries for Blackwell's Encyclopaedia of the Roman Army (2011). From 2007 to 2016 he was Vice Chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies. Dr Syvanne is An Affiliated Professor of the University of Haifa and lives in Kangasala, Finland.

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