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Author Morgan, Gwyn, 1937-

Title 69 A.D : the year of four emperors / Gwyn Morgan
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 322 pages) : maps
Contents 1. The fall of Nero and the Julio-Claudian house -- 2. The reign of Galba (June 68 to January 69) -- 3. Adoption and assassination (January 69) -- 4. The opening of the Vitellian offensive (January and February) -- 5. Otho prepares for war (January and February) -- 6. The war between Otho and Vitellius (March and April) -- 7. The reign of Vitellius (April to September 69) -- 8. The beginning of the end : Vespasian through August 69 -- 9. The opening of the Flavian offensive (August to October) -- 10. End game (November and December)
Summary "The year of four emperors, so the ancient sources assure us, was one of the most chaotic, violent, and frightening periods in all Roman history: a time of assassinations and civil wars, of armies so out of control that they had no qualms about occupying the city of Rome, and of ambitious men who seized power only to lose it, one after another." "In 69 A.D., Gwyn Morgan offers a fresh look at this period, based on two considerations to which insufficient attention has been paid in the past. First, we need to unravel rather than cherry-pick between the conflicting accounts of Tacitus, Plutarch, and Suetonius, our three main sources of information. And second, the role of the armies, as distinct from that of their commanders, has too often been exaggerated. The result is a remarkably accurate and insightful narrative history, filled with colorful portraits of the leading participants and new insights into the nature of the Roman military. Morgan ranges from the suicide of Nero in June 68 to the triumph of Vespasian in December 69." "An account of ancient Rome, 69 A.D. is an original and compelling account of one of the best known but perhaps least understood periods in all Roman history."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-313) and index
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Subject Vespasian, Emperor of Rome, 9-79.
Galba, Servius Sulpicius, Emperor of Rome, 3 B.C.-69 A.D.
Otho, Marcus Salvius, Emperor of Rome, 32-69.
Vitellius, Aulus, Emperor of Rome, 15-69.
Rome -- History -- Civil War, 68-69.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005047271
ISBN 0195124685 (alk. paper)
1423745590 (electronic bk.)
9780195124682 (alk. paper)
9781423745594 (electronic bk.)
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