...the book's strengths are readily apparent. They will be found in [Grainger's] prosopographical analysis of the key players of the period, his synthesis of the epigraphic evidence, and in his reconstruction of the volatile political stiuation that Nerva partly inherited, partly helped to create.
In feel and presentation, the book is as beautifully presented as it is lucidly written, and has been thoroughly proofed to Routledge's high standards throughout. [Grainger's] study is a pleasure to read thanks to the author's engaging and accessible style. The author is to be commended for a worthwhile addition to Routledge's series of imperial biographies.P.A. Roche, University of Otago
About the Author
John D. Grainger is a freelance historian and former teacher. He is the author of several books on ancient history including Seleukos Nikator
, The League of Aitolians
and The Roman War of Antiochus the Great