A. A. Barrett, E. Fantham et J. C. Yardley, The Emperor Nero: a guide to the ancient sources

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Anthony A. Barrett, Elaine Fantham et John C. Yardley, The Emperor Nero: a guide to the ancient sources, Princeton, 2016.

Éditeur : Princeton University Press
xxvii, 300 pages
ISBN : 9780691156514
35 $

Nero's reign (AD 54–68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians—not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the major sources for Nero's life and rule, providing students of Nero and ancient Rome with the most authoritative and accessible reader there is.
The Emperor Nero features clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero. The informative introduction situates the emperor's reign within the history of the Roman Empire, and the book's concise headnotes to chapters place the source material in historical and biographical context. Passages are accompanied by detailed notes and are organized around events, such as the Great Fire of Rome, or by topic, such as Nero's relationships with his wives. Complex events like the war with Parthia—split up among several chapters in Tacitus's Annals—are brought together in continuous narratives, making this the most comprehensible and user-friendly sourcebook on Nero available.


Table of Contents:

Preface vii
Introduction xi
List of Major Events during Nero's Lifetime xxvii
I THE MAKING OF THE EMPEROR 1
II THE NEW EMPEROR 22
III ENEMIES WITHIN 41
IV PARTHIA 77
V BRITAIN AND GERMANY 118
VI THE GREAT FIRE 149
VII THE EMPEROR'S WIVES 171
VIII CONSPIRACIES 190
IX THE EMPEROR AS ARTIST AND SHOWMAN 231
X DEATH 265
Bibliography 287
Index 295

 

 

Source : Princeton University Press

 

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