- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Cooper Square Press; 1 edition (November 29, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815411138
- ISBN-13: 978-0815411130
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julius hogs all the publicity, but Tiberius ruled Rome with an iron hand for many years. Baker's astute 1929 biography portrays Tiberius both as a seasoned and crafty leader and military strategist and a psychopath of epic proportions.
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It is of great interest to look at Tiberius as an individual and as an administrator in a strictly modern and impartial way as Baker has done. (The New York Times)
The personal and political struggles of Tiberius, second emperor of Rome, are chronicled in this fascinating biography. ... Less depraved than his successor, Caligula, but nowhere near the greatness of his predecessor, Augustus, Tiberius Caesar deserves Baker's fresh study. This is an engrossing story of one of ancient Rome's most overlooked emperors (Today's Librarian)
Julius hogs all the publicity, but Tiberius ruled Rome with an iron hand for many years. Baker's astute 1929 biography portrays Tiberius both as a seasoned and crafty leader and military strategist and a psychopath of epic proportions. (Library Journal)
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Also, the concluding chapter is full of empty platitudes and sweeping generalizations, many of them concerning events that took place centuries after Tiberius, and few of which are supportable. That chapter was very disappointing, and would be savaged by serious historians.
Nevertheless, the book was a good quick read, and as I mentioned before, a good first primer on Tiberius. The accounts of the German campaigns are particularly good, and well-provided with maps. They're by no means detailed, but the overall story is told very well, and the campaigns are woven into the overall story of Tiberius' early career and later reign.
The author clearly rejects the view of Tiberius presented by Tacitus and Suetonius. He's undecided as to whether Tiberius murdered Postumus or Germanicus, or whether the stories about his debaucheries were true. (He highly doubts the latter.) He considers Tiberius to have been a sober, serious statesman who did his best to look out for the empire's best interests.
In summary, the book is not terribly demanding on the reader, but not empty-headed fluff either. I plan on getting his book on Constantine.