The Emperors of Rome charts the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through profiles of the greatest and most notorious of the emperors, from the autocratic Augustus to the feeble Claudius, the vicious Nero to the beneficent Marcus Aurelius, through to the maniac Commodus and beyond. Interwoven with these are vivid descriptions of sports and art, political intrigues and historic events. In this entertaining and erudite work, acclaimed classical scholar David Potter brings Imperial Rome, and the lives of the men who ruled it, to vivid life.
David Potter is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Victor's Crown, also published by Quercus.
Prologue: Being Caesar. GREAT CAESAR'S GHOST: A Succession of Strong Men - Rome from Gaius Marius to Caesar 107-44 BC. A Time of Turmoil - Octavian and Antony 44-30 BC. Foundations of the Empire - The House of Augustus 29 BC-AD 14. Eccentric Stability - Emperors from Tiberius to Nero AD 14-68. CAESARS AND THEIR SUBJECTS: New Dynasties - From the Flavians to the Antonines AD 68-180. Running the Empire - Emperors and Administrators AD 68-180. Civic Pride - Caesars and Their Cities AD 68-180. The Imperial Melting Pot - Roman Culture AD 68-180. REINVENTING CAESAR: The Slippery Slope - The Beginnings of Rome's Decline AD 180-211. Inadequates and Misfits - Emperors of the Early Third Century AD 211-238. Anarchy and Disorder - The Crisis of the Third Century AD 239-270. Steadying the Ship of State - Restoration of the Imperial Office AD 270-305. Beginnings of the Christian Empire - The Reign of Constantine AD 305-337. LOSING CAESAR: Carving up the Empire - From Constantine's Sons to Valens AD 337-375. Enemies at the Gate - The Barbarian Invasions AD 376-411. Final Decline and Fall - The Collapse of the Western Empire AD 411-476. Epilogue: Dido's Revenge. Glossary. Index.