- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195315898
- ISBN-13: 978-0195315899
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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69 A.D.: The Year of Four Emperors 1st Edition
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"Morgan's book is a fresh and accessible look at a period that has been discussed, with sometimes horrified fascination, since antiquity itself."--Times Literary Supplement
"Morgan's acute analyses and wry judgments on each episode as well as the whole year are indispensable, however one might differ on details, for he is never satisfied with the obvious or even the ingenious; his analysis of Othonian strategy before Bedriacum is particularly striking."--The International History Review
"A superb portrait of this enigmatic and intriguing year."--Publishers Weekly
"Few people rival Gwyn Morgan in knowledge of Tacitus' Histories. The result is a fine narrative, cogent and convincing, of this momentous year."--Herbert W. Benario, author of Tacitus Germany
"This important book on the Histories of Tacitus surpasses earlier works on the civil wars that shook Rome and its empire in the year of 69. Like Tacitus, Morgan illuminates the universal themes that make the history of this one year significant for all time--the political and social upheavals consequent on a contested transfer of power; the nature of military and political leadership, the psychology of the military and civilian masses who are involved in, or spectators of, civil war. General readers will be enlightened and moved by Morgan's narrative, while specialists will appreciate the solid scholarship on which it is founded."--Mark Morford, Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Virginia
"Gwyn Morgan has produced a long-awaited and engagingly written account of the Year of Four Emperors that is unfailingly instructive and a pleasure to read. Not surprisingly, since it is based on a careful reconsideration of all the sources, while it will provide enjoyment for many, it will also prove controversial in some quarters."--Leslie Murison, author of Galba, Otho and Vitellius: Careers and Controversies
About the Author
Gwyn Morgan is Professor of Classics and History at the University of Texas at Austin.
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During the course of the journey, we meet numerous dishonourable men, scycophants and soothsayers who sometimes end up having a greater impact on history than their lowly stations in life would otherwise entail. The author keeps a gripping pace and the book unfolds like a thriller rather than a boring tome and is a good read for anyone looking to go deep in a most curious phase of the Roman empire
Morgan offers a look at the political, economic and cultural implications of this chaotic year and--when needed--takes the action off of the Roman stage to highlight other territories. This is excellent but more maps could have been included to help the reader along. Readers who are looking for an account of battles and troop positions will be disappointed--but Morgan is not offering a military history (indeed, civil wars and revolutions can never be understood in only military terms).
While scholarly, Morgan does not write just for scholars. Readers who want to know more about this important year and those with Roman interests will profit from reading this enjoyable and instructive book.
An interesting story of personalities, intrigue, not to mention violence. A bit long winded at times, this is still a very good read, especially for the 'Roman reader".