The author has an engaging writing style that brings this period of conflict to vivid life. The year following the demise of the paranoid Nero was one of the most turbulent in the history of Ancient Rome – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: One Year, One Empire, Four Emperors, AD69, Emperors, Armies & Anarchy FILE: R3013 AUTHOR: Nic Fields PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Iulio-Claudian Dynasty, Nero, Tacticus, Senate, Emperor, Generals, Praetorian Guard, civil war, infighting, ambition, Roman Legions
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DESCRIPTION: The author has an engaging writing style that brings this period of conflict to vivid life. The year following the demise of the paranoid Nero was one of the most turbulent in the history of Ancient Rome – Most Highly Recommended. This book reads much like a good novel, keeping the reader turning pages to the end. It is full of the ups and downs, triumphs and reverses but it is factual history. This is how history should be presented, engaging the reader with the serpentine plot that was Rome in AD69. The serious enthusiast and the academic are also served by paragraph numbering and extensive notes. For all the art and literature and the traditions of the Republic and the Empire, the history of Rome is bloody but never more so than in AD69. What made this period so dangerous was that the paranoid Nero had eliminated those of his family who might seek to replace him. His death left no logical succession and no desire for return to the Republic. Inevitably this meant that a small group of generals would fight to succeed, using their power bases in the Legions. The Praetorian Guard was a further critical faction with its own vested interests and power. The able and absorbing text is supported by illustration through the body of text and in a photo-plate section. There are also excellent appendices and notes that make this a strong reference work.