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Vespasian / Edition 2

Vespasian / Edition 2

by Barbara LevickBarbara Levick
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From a pre-eminent biographer in the field, this volume examines the life and times of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements. Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace and confidence to Rome and ensured a smooth succession, how he 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.

Now updated to take account of the past 15 years of scholarship, and with a new chapter on literature under the Flavians, Vespasian is a fascinating study for students of Roman history and the general classical enthusiast alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415708890
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/13/2016
Series: Roman Imperial Biographies Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Barbara Levick is Fellow and Tutor Emeritus, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has published extensively on Roman history, with titles including Tiberius the Politician (Routledge, 1999), Vespasian (Routledge, 1999), The Government of the Roman Empire, second edition (Routledge, 2001), Julia Domna: Syrian Empress (Routledge, 2007) and Augustus: Image and Substance (2010).

Table of Contents

List of plates

List of maps



Key dates

Stemma I: The Flavian

Stemma II: The Arrecini and Julii



1 A new man in politics

2 Vespasian and the aristocracy: the command in Britain

3 From Nero’s court to the walls of Jerusalem

Appendix: Josephus’ dates for the Jewish War 40

4 The bid for Empire

The year 69

Vespasian’s success

5 Ideology in action

6 A new Emperor and his opponent

7 Financial survival

8 Stabilization: the winning of peace

9 Enhancement: the physical and moral restoration of the Roman world

Rome and Italy

Provinces west and east: gifts, status, Romanization, titles

10 Imperialism: Vespasian’s army and the extension of the


11 Elites

12 Vespasian and his sons

13 Conclusion: ideology in the aftermath





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