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The authoritative biography of the ancient Roman general and loyal deputy to Emperor Augustus by the acclaimed historian and author of Augustus at War. When Gaius Octavius became the first emperor of Rome, Marcus Agrippa was by his side. As the emperor’s loyal deputy, he waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and played a crucial role in establishing the Pax Romana—but he always served knowing that he would never rule in his own name. Why he did so, and never grasped power for himself, has perplexed historians for centuries. In this authoritative biography, historian Lindsay Powell offers a penetrating new assessment of Agrippa’s life and achievements. Following Caesar’s assassination, Agrippa was instrumental in asserting the rights of his friend Gaius Octavius as the dictator’s heir, seeing him crowned Emperor Augustus. Agrippa then established a reputation as a bold admiral, defeating Marcus Antonius and Queen Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, and ending bloody rebellions in the Cimmerian Bosporus, Gaul, Hispania, and Illyricum. Agrippa was also an influential statesman and architect. He established the vital road network that turned Julius Caesar’s conquests into viable provinces, overhauled Rome’s drains and aqueducts, and built the original Pantheon. Marrying Augustus’s daughter, Julia the Elder, Agrippa became co-ruler of the Roman Empire until his death in 12 BC. His bloodline lived on in the imperial family, through Agrippina the Elder, his grandson Caligula, and great-grandson Nero.
Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject World History - Early and Ancient History, grade: 2,7, University of Erfurt, language: English, abstract: The center of attention is, with regards to this seminar paper, the relation between Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Augustus. The paper is especially focused on their long and intimate fellowship. To illustrate the statement that neither one of them would have won fame, in exactly the same way as it took place, is the main objective of this work because it clarifies their close connectedness and dependency. This seminar paper starts with a consideration of historical researches on Agrippa by selected historians. Agrippa appeared most often on the side of Augustus and so it is a matter of common knowledge that litera-ture about Augustus had a huge number whereas literature in respect of Agrippa was very contemplatively. Afterwards a reflection with specific aspects is joining the work for clarifying the connectedness between Agrippa and Augustus. The following key aspects like Agrippa and his self-understanding, gathering and contrariness among the two of them, Agrippa and his request as well as his road of life alongside Augustus and his funeral are entering the limelight.
Frontinus and the Curae of the Curator Aquarum by Michael Peachin Pdf
The De aquis of Sextus Julius Frontinus is usually interpreted as either an administrative guide for the curator aquarum, or as a work of praise. It can be demonstrated, however, that Frontinus had another goal in writing. The book is more likely what we would call a political pamphlet, explaining a particular administrative reform, and encouraging those affected by that reform to cooperate with it. Frontinus wants to be sure that all concessions of aqueduct water to private individuals be made as proper grants by the emperor. In short, this curator aquarum is interested in regulating the flow of a particular beneficium, namely, aqueduct water, from the emperor to his elite subjects.
Highly controversial but impeccably researched, The Real Messiah explodes the myth that Jesus was the long-prophesied Messiah of the Jewish nation. Indeed, it argues that Jesus never claimed that role but thought of himself as herald to the true Messiah: Marcus Julius Agrippa, the last King of the Jews and Jesus’ contemporary. It was he who truly founded what became known as Christianity, and wanted to build a faith to which anyone could aspire. Though Marcus Agrippa was initially successful, with the passing of time those in charge of the new faith capitulated to the whims of successive Roman Emperors and centered their religion on Jesus instead.
“The first biography of an important personality from the beginnings of Rome’s empire” (Graham Sumner, coauthor of Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier). Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus (Drusus the Elder) was the first conqueror of Germania (the Netherlands and Germany) and one of ancient Rome’s most beloved military heroes. Yet there has never been a full volume dedicated to his remarkable story, achievements, and legacy. Eager for Glory brings this heroic figure back to life for a modern audience. Drusus was a stepson of Augustus through his marriage to Livia. As a military commander he led daring campaigns by sea and land that pushed the northern frontiers of Rome’s empire to the Elbe River. He oversaw one of the largest developments of military infrastructure of the age. He married Marc Antony’s daughter, Antonia, and fathered Germanicus, Rome’s most popular general, and the future emperor Claudius. He was grandfather of Caligula. He died when he was only twenty-nine and was revered in death. Drawing on ancient texts, evidence from inscriptions and coins, the latest findings in archaeology, as well as astronomy and medical science, Lindsay Powell has produced a long overdue and definitive account of this great Roman.
This volume in the LACTOR Sourcebooks in Ancient History series features primary texts on the Age of Augustus (31 BC-AD 14), with accompanying maps, illustrations, glossary and introductory notes. It provides for the needs of students at schools and universities who are studying ancient history in English translation and has been written and reviewed by experienced teachers. The texts selected include extracts from the important literary sources but also numerous inscriptions, coin legends and extracts from legal texts, some of which were previously difficult for students to access.
“The story of a Roman Emperor that might have been” (Fighting Times). Germanicus was regarded by many Romans as a hero in the mold of Alexander the Great. His untimely death, in suspicious circumstances, ended the possibility of a return to a more open republic. This, the first modern biography of Germanicus, is in parts a growing-up story, a history of war, a tale of political intrigue, and a murder mystery. In this highly readable, fast paced account, historical detective Lindsay Powell details Germanicus’s campaigns and battles in Illyricum and Germania; tracks him on his epic tour of the Eastern Mediterranean to Armenia and down the Nile; evaluates the possible causes of his death; and reports on the cruel fate his wife, Agrippina, and their children suffered at the hands of Praetorian Guard commander, and Tiberius’s infamous deputy, Aelius Sejanus.
The Tacitus Encyclopedia by Victoria Emma Pagán Pdf
The Tacitus Encyclopedia ist das einzige vollständige Referenzwerk seiner Art im Bereich der Tacitus-Studien. Das zweibändige Werk enthält mehr als 1.000 Einträge zu jeder Person und jedem Ort, die in den erhaltenen Werken des römischen Historikers und Politikers Tacitus (ca. 56-120 n. Chr.) Erwähnung finden. In den von einem internationalen Autorenteam verfassten Beiträgen werden die bei Tacitus genannten Personen und Orte in den Kontext eingeordnet, und es werden ihre Beziehungen zum größeren taciteischen Korpus aufgezeigt. Die Einträge sind alphabetisch geordnet und mit Querverweisen versehen. Sie enthalten allgemeine Beschreibungen und Hintergrundinformationen zu den in den Texten genannten Stichworten, Zitate aus antiken Quellen und der einschlägigen Wissenschaft sowie Empfehlungen zum Weiterlesen. Die Enzyklopädie, die als Ausgangspunkt für weitere Forschungen gedacht ist, umfasst zudem 165 Themenschwerpunkte in Verbindung mit den Tacitus-Studien, darunter antike Geschichtsschreibung, Geschichte, Sozialgeschichte, Geschlecht und Sexualität, Literaturkritik, antike Autoren, Rezeption und materielle Kultur. Dieses unverzichtbare Nachschlagewerk bietet nicht nur einen umfassenden Überblick über die Inhalte der taciteischen Schriften, sondern darüber hinaus: * Eine Darstellung von rund 1.000 Personen sowie 400 Regionen, Städten und Orten, geografischen und topologischen Merkmalen * Einen verständlichen Einstieg in die Werke des Tacitus, insbesondere die Annalen, Historien, Agricola, Germania und Dialogus de oratoribus für Leserinnen und Leser mit unterschiedlichen Vorkenntnissen * Die Erörterung einer großen Bandbreite an Themen wie Geschlechterfragen, Sklaverei, Literaturgeschichte sowie der Regentschaft einzelner Herrscher * Eine Präsentation der wissenschaftlichen Erforschung und Rezeption von Tacitus von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart * Betrachtungen der wissenschaftlichen Trends, der aktuellen Methodik und künftigen Richtungen der Tacitus-Studien Das Werk The Tacitus Encyclopedia ist als Druckfassung und als Online-Version erhältlich. Es ist ein unentbehrliches Referenzwerk für Studierende und Forschende in den Bereichen Geschichte und Geschichtsschreibung, Klassische Philologie, Kunstgeschichte, Sozialwissenschaften, Europäische Geistesgeschichte, Archäologie und Romanistik.
The Roman Empire [2 volumes] by James W. Ermatinger Pdf
Covering material from the time of Julius Caesar to the sack of Rome, this topically arranged reference set provides substantive entries on people, cities, government, institutions, military developments, material culture, and other topics related to the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was one of the greatest and most influential forces of the ancient world, and many of its achievements endure in one form or another to this day. Because of its geographic breadth, cultural diversity, and overall complexity, it is also one of the most difficult organizations to understand. This book focuses on the Roman Empire from the time of Julius Caesar to the sack of Rome. While most references on the Roman world provide a series of alphabetically arranged entries, this work is organized in broad topical chapters on government and politics, administration, individuals, groups and organizations, places, events, military developments, and objects and artifacts. Each section provides 20 to 30 substantive entries along with an overview essay. The work also provides a selection of primary source documents and closes with a bibliography of important print and electronic resources.
The First Urban Churches 6 by James R. Harrison,L. L. Welborn Pdf
An examination of early Roman Christianity by New Testament and classical scholars Building on the methodologies introduced in the first volume of The First Urban Churches and supplementing the in-depth studies of Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea (vols. 2–5), essays in this volume challenge readers to reexamine what we know about the early church within Rome and the port city of Ostia. In the introductory section of the book, James R. Harrison discusses the material and documentary evidence of both cities, which sets the stage for the essays that follow. In the second section, Mary Jane Cuyler, James R. Harrison, Richard Last, Annelies Moeser, Thomas A. Robinson, Michael P. Theophilos, and L. L. Welborn examine a range of topics, including the Ostian Synagogue, Romans 1:2–4 against the backdrop of Julio-Claudian adoption and apotheosis traditions, and the epistle of 1 Clement. In the final section of this volume, Jutta Dresken-Welland and Mark Reasoner engage Peter Lampe’s magnum opus From Paul to Valentinus; Lampe wraps up the section and the volume with a response. Throughout, readers are provided with a rich demonstration of how the material evidence of the city of Rome illuminates the emergence of Roman Christianity, especially in the first century CE.
Drawing from a broad range of documentation this book vividly characterizes eleven royal women who are brought visually to life through photographs of over 300 ancient coins and through the author's own illustrations. Spanning the period from the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC to the third century AD, and with an epilogue surveying empresses of later eras, the author's compelling biographies reveal their remarkable contributions towards the legacy of Imperial Rome. Examining the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of emperors, the study includes: a pregnant Roman princess who saves a Roman army through an act of personal heroism three third-century empresses who rule the most powerful state on Earth, presiding over unprecedented social and political reform an empress, though revered by her husband, is immortalized in history for infidelity and corruption by students of her greatest enemy. Jasper Burns paints portraits of these exceptional women that are colourful, sympathetic, and above all profoundly human. This book will be highly valuable to numismatists, students and scholars of Roman history or women’s studies.