Nero

Nero Emperor and Court DRINKWATER, John F.

This book portrays Nero, not as the murderous tyrant of tradition, but as a young man ever-more reluctant to fulfil his responsibilities as emperor and ever-more anxious to demonstrate his genuine skills as a sportsman and artist. This reluctance caused him to allow others to rule, and rule surprisingly well, in his name. On its own terms, the Neronian empire was in fact remarkably successful. Nero's senior ministers were many and various, but notably they included a number of powerful women, such as his mother, Agrippina II, and his second and third wives, Poppaea Sabina and Statilia Messalina. Using the most recent archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and literary research, the book explores issues such as court-politics, banter and free speech; literary, technological and scientific advances; the Fire of 64, 'the persecution of Christians' and Nero's 'Golden House'; and the huge underlying strength, both constitutional and financial, of the Julio-Claudian empire. Argues for a new view of Nero's principate by focusing on those around him and by directly addressing key topics, such as his mental health and the imperial fiscal system, which are usually side-lined or avoided Takes a particular interest in the role of women in central Roman imperial politics and administration Assumes little or no prior knowledge of the topic or period and is written in accessible and non-technical language
Verwacht 31-3-2019

Specificaties

ISBN
9781108472647
Uitgever
Cambridge University Press
Druk
1e
Verschenen
01-01-2019
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
483 pp.
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Genre
Geschiedenis

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