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Great Women of Imperial Rome: Mothers and Wives of the Caesars [Kindle Edition]

Jasper Burns
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415408970
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415408974
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Book Description

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.


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  • File Size: 6513 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (November 22, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SK0YYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great book! I'm amazed by the sensitive and humanistic approach taken by the author to describe the lives of these extraordinary women. He manages to make them even more fascinating to me than they were before I began to read his book. And I really like the "spiritual" twist he's put in the biographical elements of these imperial women. I find that very unique and extremely interesting. The book is also graced by the wonderful and lively drawings depicting the imperial women, made by the author himself!

This book displays a great deal of creativity and artistic appeal. I consider it like a real little gem!
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More About the Author

I have been writing and illustrating books for more than three decades. At last count, 32 of my books have been published in addition to 7 titles illustrated for other authors. My publishers include Johns Hopkins University Press, Routledge (Taylor and Francis), Stackpole Books, MacMillan Travel, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Also, I have self-published many titles through Pietas Publications. My books include fiction (historical, science fiction), nonfiction (numismatics, history, spirituality, paleontology, natural history), poetry, collections of short stories, children's books, compilations, and feature-length screenplays.

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