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Claudius Caesar
Image and Power in the Early Roman Empire

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521708258

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  • The story of Claudius has often been told before. Ancient writers saw the emperor as the dupe of his wives and palace insiders; Robert Graves tried to rehabilitate him as a far shrewder, if still frustrated, politician. In this book, Josiah Osgood shifts the focus off the personality of Claudius and on to what his tumultuous years in power reveal about the developing political culture of the early Roman Empire. What precedents set by Augustus were followed? What had to be abandoned? How could a new emperor win the support of key elements of Roman society? This richly illustrated discussion draws on a range of newly discovered documents, exploring events that move far beyond the city of Rome and Italy to Egypt and Judea, Morocco and Britain. Claudius Caesar provides a new perspective not just on Claudius himself, but on all Roman emperors, the Roman Empire, and the nature of empires more generally.

    • Gripping narrative of Claudius' years in power, allowing the reader to understand the interrelationship of key events and the process of decision-making within one emperor's reign
    • Exploits many recently discovered documents, as well as more familiar texts such as Tacitus' history and the New Testament, and explores how these can best be used for the reconstruction of imperial history
    • Includes numerous illustrations, demonstrating how important visual imagery was in the political culture of Rome
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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521708258
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 82 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: the Roman Empire in 41 AD
    Introduction: the problem of Claudius
    1. Claudius Caesar
    2. A statue in silver
    3. Imperial favors
    4. Subduing the ocean
    5. Lists of peoples and places
    6. Caesar-lovers
    7. The eight hundredth year of Rome
    8. Practical pyramids
    9. The burden of government
    10. The judgment of Pallas
    11. Signaling retreat?
    12. The golden predicament.

  • Author

    Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Josiah Osgood is Associate Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. His teaching and research touch many areas of Roman history and Latin literature, but focus especially on the late Roman Republic and early Empire. His first book, Caesar's Legacy: Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006), examined the period after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Osgood has more recently published several articles on Caesar, as well as aspects of Roman family life and education. He is currently finishing a Latin textbook for intermediate and advanced students, A Suetonius Reader, and is also co-editing with Susanna Braund A Companion to Persius and Juvenal.

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