Vespasian (Roman Imperial Biographies) by Barbara Levick

By Barbara Levick

From a pre-eminent biographer within the box, this well-documented and illustrated biography examines the lifestyles and time of the emperor Vespasian and demanding situations the validity of his perennial strong popularity and universally said achievements.

Examining bought reviews on Vespasian, Barbara Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace and self assurance to Rome and ensured a delicate succession.

Outlining how he received army adventure and political talents, Levick is going directly to discover how Vespasian coped with the army, political and financial difficulties of his reign, and his assessment of the options to those difficulties, sooner than she ultimately examines his posthumous reputation.

Part of the bestselling Roman Imperial Biographies sequence, Vespasian will have interaction, enthral and tell either scholars of classical reports and background, and the overall classical fanatic alike.

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Velleius Paterculus, had been supported along with his brother for the same magistracy in the crucial year of 14, at the moment of Augustus’ death, coming in among the first four. When Gaius’ sister Agrippina was on her way home with the ashes of the executed Lepidus, Vespasian as praetor designate took part in a debate on the punishment of the conspirators and proposed aggravating the penalties: the remains should be denied burial. In honour of the success that Gaius claimed against the Canninefates in Germany during the spring of 40 Vespasian selflessly demanded that special games should be held.

If Hind is right a vexillation had been despatched north to Corinium in the land of the Dobunni at the outset of the invasion, rather dissipating, it must be said, the 18 THE COMMAND IN BRITAIN forces available to the Romans. In any case, the activities of the three other legions in Britain left II Augusta plenty of scope. XIV advanced into the Midlands along the line of Watling Street to Towcester and High Cross. One of the forts Vespasian captured was probably that on White Horse Hill near Uffington in Berkshire, on the borders of the Atrebates and Dobunni; he may have sent a division south-westward along the Ridgeway from the Thames near Reading, perhaps on his return from the capture of Colchester, or north from Dorset after his successes there.

XIV advanced into the Midlands along the line of Watling Street to Towcester and High Cross. One of the forts Vespasian captured was probably that on White Horse Hill near Uffington in Berkshire, on the borders of the Atrebates and Dobunni; he may have sent a division south-westward along the Ridgeway from the Thames near Reading, perhaps on his return from the capture of Colchester, or north from Dorset after his successes there. Plautius and his subordinates in the five years of campaigning is remarkable.

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