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Southern, Pat 1948-

Works: 47 works in 298 publications in 4 languages and 8,736 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history 
Roles: Author
Classifications: U35, B
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Most widely held works by Pat Southern
Augustus by Pat Southern( Book )

37 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pat Southern traces the life, works and times of the emperor Augustus chronologically, presenting ideology and events as they occurred from Augustus' point of view
The Roman army : a social and institutional history by Pat Southern( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For nearly 1,000 years, Rome's army embodied the nation it protected and expanded. But beyond the battlefield, the Roman army was a fundamental social force as well, becoming the world's first fully compensated standing army and providing an essential career path for ambitious men of society. Written by a leading scholar of Roman military history, The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History is the first ever portrait of this legendary fighting force in peacetime and at war from a soldier's-eye view." "Organized thematically, The Roman Army explores the army's history, culture, and organization, while providing fascinating details of the soldier's daily existence and of the army's interactions with citizens, politicians, and the inhabitants of conquered territories. The book also offers a look at historians at work, piecing together their understanding of army life by drawing on everything from Rome's rich historical and archaeological record to soldiers' personal correspondence to depictions of military subjects in literature and art."--Jacket
The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine by Pat Southern( Book )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the third century, the Roman Empire was in crisis. The growing threat from Germanic tribes and the Persian Empire, combined with internal difficulties, shook Rome to the core. In many respects the Empire should have collapsed, yet it didn't. Pat Southern's narrative synthesizes a wealth of recent scholarship to bring the era to life. She shows that many of the third century leaders, particularly Gallienus, have been underrated. Far from being responsible for the travails faced by the Empire, their efforts towards consolidation enabled it to survive and helped to transform it into the sacrosanct, absolutist regime that emerged under Diocletian and Constantine."--Jacket
The late Roman army by Pat Southern( Book )

31 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the reign of Septimius Severus at the end of the second century A.D., the Roman Empire was continuously beset by internal unrest, revolts, usurpations, civil wars, and attacks along its far-flung frontiers. Scarcely a part of the empire was unaffected, and some areas were forced to deal with several serious problems at the same time. This book is the first comprehensive discussion of the Roman army during this period, and it shows how the army adapted itself to meet
The trials of the Lancashire Witches; a study of seventeenth-century witchcraft by Edgar Peel( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 1994 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Domitian : tragic tyrant by Pat Southern( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Domitian was only nineteen when he made his first appearance in the senate. It was also his first meeting with the men who were to bring about his downfall. Following his assassination in 96 AD after a reign that had lasted fifteen turbulent years, the senate declared the memory of this, the last of the Flavian emperors damned forever. Why? The surviving record relates tales of unbelievable depravity - Domitian's reign being described as the darkest in history, full of terror and uncertainty. Suetonius documents all Domitian's eccentricities, idiosyncrasies and crimes in ascending order of seriousness, culminating in the list of executions of senators - ten in fifteen years. But was his reign as bad as it has been portrayed? Why did contemporary authors have no good word for him even though their careers were advanced by his imperial favour? Many of the emperor's earlier achievements were enduring and well-advised - his administrative arrangements survived him, unchanged by later emperors - and his frontier wars were by no means ill-considered. Indeed, the number of senators murdered by him was far smaller than those killed by Claudius. Something indefinable had gone wrong between Domitian and the senate, but what? In this new in-depth study, Pat Southern distinguishes fact from fiction. She strips away the hyperbole and sensationalism from the literary record to present a clear picture of the youth and reign of a man who was not as black as he was painted but who caused undoubted suffering which must be accounted for. For the first time Domitian is examined from a psychological point of view, to reveal a living breathing individual - offering a more reasonable explanation of the tragedy of his reign to satisfy both his detractors and his few champions
The Roman cavalry : from the First to the Third Century AD by Karen R Dixon( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transportmittel und Zubehör - Militärgeschichte - Waffen/Militaria
Mark Antony by Pat Southern( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores Mark Antony's career and unfolding character against the background of one of the most turbulent half-centuries in Rome's history. He emerges as the most human of his contemporaries. Able as an administrator and a soldier, magnificient and magnanimous as a man, he was however his own worst enemy -- fallible and impetuous in his judgments and his attachments. His final self-destruction was perhaps inevitable. [Book jacket]
Ancient Rome : the rise & fall of an Empire, 753 BC-AD 476 by Pat Southern( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Ancient Rome often polarises opinion: for accusers, the Romans were mean and grasping imperialists with murderous megalomaniac tendencies and the world was well rid of them, but for passionate advocates the Romans were keen administrators and construction engineers who provided the greatest and most long-lasting civilizing force in history. It took a very long time - over thirteen centuries - for the Roman Empire to grow and then fragment. The Romans did not have it their own way all the time. They were defeated on their own ground several times by Hannibal and - albeit temporarily - by Cleopatra in Egypt, Boudica in Britain, and Zenobia in Syria. Patricia Southern's masterly new book narrates the history of Rome from a settlement of primitive huts to a sophisticated city ruling and then losing an Empire, the lives of such towering figures as Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula and Nero, the successes and set-backs and what the Romans learned on their way to Imperial rule and final disintegration
Cleopatra by Pat Southern( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Geschichte Kleopatras VII. (70 - 30 v. Chr.), von der Legende 'über die Grenzen des Glaubwürdigen hinaus ausgeschmückt', ist zugleich die Geschichte von Caesar, Marcus Antonius und Octavian sowie des ständigen politischen Konflikts mit Rom. Die englische Historikerin - vgl. 'Marcus Antonius' (in dieser Nr.) - zeichnet ein fundiertes und farbiges Bild einer verantwortungsbewussten und willensstarken Herrscherin. Obwohl politische Aspekte im Vordergrund stehen, werden auch die persönlichen Beziehungen zu den römischen Feldherren psychologisch glaubhaft, und an den oft widersprüchlichen Quellen orientiert, dargestellt. Auch neben M. Clauss (BA 3/96), J. Brambach (zuletzt BA 7/95) und dem älteren Titel von M. Grant (BA 1/78, 111) historisch Interessierten als Porträt einer faszinierenden Persönlichkeit empfohlen. (2)
Antony & Cleopatra by Pat Southern( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empress Zenobia : Palmyra's rebel queen by Pat Southern( Book )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the third century, the Roman Empire was being dismembered from east and west. The provincial capital Palmyria in what is now Syria, anchored the eastern border and oversaw crucial trade. When the emperor was captured, the governor took over the province, and when he was killed, his wife took over. That was Zenobia, who ruled and even expanded what is now called the Palmyrene Empire. In this latest book, she examines the life and career of the heroine of the ancient world, whose fame is eclipsed by that of Cleopatra in the West, but not in the East. Annotation ♭2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Pompey the Great by Pat Southern( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman Britain : a new history 55 BC-AD 450 by Pat Southern( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julius Caesar by Pat Southern( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and German and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Rome : the Republic, 753 B.C.-30 B.C. by Pat Southern( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patricia Southern charts the rise of Rome from its humble origins to its dominance of the western world, describing the personalities who helped to shape it, such as rebel gladiator Spartacus, Hannibal, the Carthaginian leader who invaded Italy, Caesar and Pompey, and finally Octavian, Cleopatra and Mark Antony
The story of Roman Bath by Pat Southern( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrated with over 100 photographs, drawings and plans, this book provides a comprehensive history of Roman Bath
The story of Stonehenge by Pat Southern( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stonehenge is the best known but least understood prehistoric monument in the British Isles. Other stone circles are impressive and atmospheric, but none approach the sophistication of Stonehenge. The stones visible today represent the final phase of a monument that was begun about 5,000 years ago, and altered several times during the next fifteen centuries, before it was finally abandoned. The site may have been a sacred place for at least 10,000 years, reaching back to about 8,000 BC, when people of the Mesolithic era began to set up pine totem poles, the holes for which were found in excavations close to the circle. Patricia Southern's new history considers the conflicting theories around how it was built with such precision and why. Did the stones arrive at Stonehenge by humans, or were they transported there by glaciers long before the first monument was built? Was it a religious center for unknown rites and ceremonies? Did it function as an observatory for the sun and the moon, a sort of stone calendar to mark the seasons and the appropriate festivals? One thing it never was, a Druid temple. It was built, used, and abandoned long before the ancient Druids came on the scene, but their modern counterparts have claimed it, so in that sense it is still a temple, just as it can be for any other visitors to this important World Heritage Site
The Roman army by Pat Southern( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive narrative history of the greatest army the world has ever known from its earliest origins to its disintegration in AD 476
Ancient Rome : the Empire, 30BC-AD476 by Pat Southern( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the greatest empire the world. Roman Empire was firmly rooted in the long history of the Roman Republic that preceded it. The transition from that city state governed by a Senate to an Empire ruled by an Emperor was a gradual affair. Augustus was the first Emperor, and it was he who established the tradition of Imperial succession, passing on control to his step-son Tiberius. The Empire expanded in fits and starts reaching its greatest extent in AD117, under the Emperor Trajan. The succeeding Emperor Hadrian called a halt to continual conquest and annexation and enclosing the Empire within fixed boundaries. But the 'Barbarians' fought back and frontiers fell, and the Empire was constantly at war. By the end of the third century AD, the Roman world changed almost beyond recognition. Society became much more rigidly classified, and the gap between rich and poor widened. Civil wars broke out between rival contenders for the throne. The beginning of the end came in the fifth century when the Empire split into two.The western provinces fragmented into different states under Germanic rulers, some of whom tried to become more Roman than the Romans, ensuring that Roman culture, traditions and law are still in evidence today, underpinning much of western society. The eastern half of the Roman world survived as the Byzantine Empire, traditionally until Constantinople fell to a western Christian army in the fifteenth century. This book provides a comprehensive history of the Roman Empire from 30BC to the late fifth century AD, describing the Emperors and other personalities who dealt with the administration of the provinces and the command of the armies, some of them more successfully than others
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Alternative Names
Pat Southern britische Bibliothekarin und Historikerin

Pat Southern Brits bibliothecaresse

Pat Southern Roman historian

Southern, Pat

Southern, Patricia.

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English (239)

German (12)

Polish (6)

Italian (1)

The Roman army : a social and institutional historyThe Roman Empire from Severus to ConstantineThe late Roman armyDomitian : tragic tyrantThe Roman cavalry : from the First to the Third Century ADMark AntonyAncient Rome : the rise & fall of an Empire, 753 BC-AD 476Cleopatra