The Roman Imperial Succession (ePub)
John D Grainger analyses the Roman imperial succession, demonstrating that the empire organized by Augustus was fundamentally flawed in the method it used to find emperors. Augustus’ system was a mixture of heredity, senatorial and military influences, and these were generally antagonistic. Consequently the Empire went through a series of crises, in which the succession to a previous, usually dead, emperor was the main issue. The infamous ‘Year of the Four Emperors’, AD 69, is only the most famous of these crises, which often involved bouts of bloody and destructive civil war, assassinations and purges. These were followed by a period, usually relatively short, in which the victor in the ‘crisis’ established a new system, juggling the three basic elements identified by Augustus, but which was as fragile and short lived as its predecessor; these ‘consequences’ of each crisis are discussed. The lucid and erudite text is supported by numerous genealogical tables and dozens of depictions of emperors.
'For a general introduction to the question of how one becomes a Roman emperor, Grainger has provided a sound guide.'Classical Review
A curious and interesting book about the history of pure and hard Rome.Miniaturas JM
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I enjoyed reading this book and generalists interested in the mechanisms of Imperial power transfers will too.Beating Tsundoku
Definitely an excellent book that takes a huge topic and breaks it into manageable and understandable parts.NetGalley, Caidyn Young