Vespasian

From a pre eminent biographer in the field, this well documented and illustrated biography examines the life and time of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements.Examining received opinions on Vespasian, Barbara Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace andFrom a pre eminent biographer in the field, this well documented and illustrated biography examines the life and time of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements.Examining received opinions on Vespasian, Barbara Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace and confidence to Rome and ensured a smooth succession.Outlining how he gained military experience and political skills, Levick goes on to explore how Vespasian coped with the military, political and economic problems of his reign, and his evaluation of the solutions to these problems, before she finally examines his posthumous reputation.Part of the bestselling Roman Imperial Biographies series, Vespasian will engage, enthral and inform both students of classical studies and history, and the general classical enthusiast alike.
Vespasian From a pre eminent biographer in the field this well documented and illustrated biography examines the life and time of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputat

  • Title: Vespasian
  • Author: Barbara Levick
  • ISBN: 9780415338660
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Vespasian”

    1. As a personally who reads biographies for casual reading both popular history and what might be considered critical advanced reading biographies, I must say this book was a painfully dry read, Barbara Levick -who very clearly knows her information - should stick to doing research and have someone else with a little flare and flow write her books. This is the second book of hers I have read, the first being Claudius and that one was, while admittedly not as bad, was still a tremendous feat and sl [...]

    2. This is a very dense biography of the Roman emperor Vespasian (69-79), and a more general history of the establishment of the Flavian dynasty (69-96); Levick assumes a very solid knowledge of Roman history in the reader.Which - if you have one - makes this a highly recommended book. Levick presents a balanced account of Vespasian's life and his (and his family's) impact on the development of the Principate.

    3. A good information book, but tends to focus not at all on the dynasty, which I think should be the point of a book on this emperor. Vespasian is seen as the perfect roman, although almost ignoring Flavian family dynastic problems, such as the favoritism of Titus over Domitian, which caused the death of Titus. Overall, a good book, but lacks the completeness that other books in the series have.

    4. I had looked forward to reading this book. It is very academic and dense. Enjoyable in places but I am not sure based on the hours spent I learned as much as I could have. I did skim in some places.

    5. B. Levick's bio on Vespasian was well overdue when it appeared in 1999. It still remains a fundamental work about the Flavian dynasty.

    6. This is a book for academics only. I gave up about page 50 because I am not an academic. Good book for swatting flies, though.

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