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Julia Domna: Syrian Empress (Women of the Ancient World) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Levick
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415331439
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415331432
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Book Description

This book covers Julia’s life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, and seeks the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views, exposing the instability of our sources about her, and characterizing a sympathetic, courageous, intelligent, and important woman.

This book contains a fresh re-assessment of the one of the most significant figures of her time and questions:

• Was Julia more powerful than earlier empresses?
• Did she really promote despotism?
• How seriously is her literary circle to be taken?

As part of a dynasty which used force and violence to preserve its rule, she was distrusted by its subjects; as a Syrian, she was the object of prejudice; as a woman with power, she was resented. On the other hand, Domna was the centre of a literary circle considered highly significant by nineteenth-century admirers.

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University of Oxford, UK

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  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415331447
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 10, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SIUW2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This review covers the Kindle edition. The Kindle format is MUCH more annoying to use now, than it used to be. Much harder to navigate. That highlight thing is a nuisance, when you just want to mark out text. Its fullscreen is a nightmare, with HUGE GRAY bar in the way, so you're better off not using fullscreen, or you just size the window yourself. Worse, it won't stop synching, even when you turn the option off. It won't show page numbers except arbitrarily, so you can't quote the pages accurately unless you copy a citation. VERY ANNOYING, KINDLE!!

Further, the map and coin pictures in the book are unreadable, in Kindle. God forbid you should complain about these things in the Kindle Forum; the trolls come out and lambast you as if it were YOUR fault Kindle for PC's program, is now so badly designed. I will have to rethink how many more books I'll buy, using Kindle format.

However, if you'll need to search the book often, there's no better alternative.

The book, is fabulous. Well-written, well-researched, and Barbara Levick has a keen eye to historical parallels. So when she describes an event during the Severan period, she's got enough fluent grasp of the 'big picture' to compare the parallels with respect to prior and later Roman emperors and their times. Most importantly, instead of just drily relating events and facts as too many Roman historians are wont to do, she folds in the relevant norms, standards, cultural ideas. That matters, for what you need to know about Roman history is WHY. We already have overkill on WHAT.

The other big plus of this book, is that she also has a keen recognition of cultural wordplay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 8, 2010
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It is a very interesting book on one of the most influential women in the history of Rome.
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