Claudius by Douglas Jackson

By Douglas Jackson

Claudius wants overall conquest. Caratacus will struggle for freedom. An epic conflict is coming, during this moment gripping and visceral novel of the Roman invasion of england, for fanatics of Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow.

43 advert: in Southern Britain, Caratacus, leader of the Britons, watches from a hilltop because the scarlet cloaks of the Roman military unfold throughout his land like blood. between them is Rufus, keeper of the Emperor’s elephant, an unwilling player within the invasion of england. The Roman legions break into the British forces, yet simply as victory turns out handy, they wait. Reinforcements are coming, led via Emperor Claudius himself. And Rufus may have a really precise half to play within the coming epic conflict. Heroes might be made and kings will fall in a fight that may echo during the annals of history.

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He turned to his old friend and ally, Agrippa, the architect of the victory over Antony at Actium. Agrippa divorced his wife Marcella (Octavia’s daughter and Augustus’ niece) in 21 to marry the widowed Julia, and in 18 received tribunician powers for five years, a clear sign that he was to preside should Augustus not survive. The plan seemed to work well. In 20 a son, Gaius Caesar, was born to Julia and, to confirm the line, a second, Lucius Caesar, arrived in 17. Augustus was delighted, and soon after Lucius’ birth signalled his intentions by adopting both boys.

To avoid the conflict that would be inevitable if powerful noble families competed for power, Augustus may have thought it desirable for the succession to fall to someone from his own kin. But conveniently for him this noble motive would have coincided with a natural impulse to be succeeded by someone of his own blood line. The fact that he designated as successors a series of adopted, rather than natural, sons might have made his conduct a little easier for traditional Romans to stomach. But it should not be mistaken for deliberate policy.

Instances of overt and public involvement by Livia in her husband’s business are difficult to document, but they must have occurred. 12 As noted, it was the issue of the succession that was to preoccupy Livia, as it would Agrippina. Augustus’ position in the state, although given legitimacy by the traditional 15 FAMILY republican institutions he had manipulated, had no real precedent. The novelty of his situation made itself apparent when he came to consider what would happen after his death. Now Mommsen claimed that the principate was incompatible with heredity and that there was an inherent contradiction between the two.

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