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Nero : the end of a dynasty

Author: Miriam T Griffin
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1985, ©1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although Nero's personality has fascinated both historians and writers of fiction, it is the nature of his reign and its context within the Julio-Claudian dynasty that has even greater importance for historians of the Roman Empire. Nero's final collapse brought to an end the dynasty Augustus had founded and placed in jeopardy the political system he had devised. To what extent does Nero's failure reveal not only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Nero, Emperor of Rome; Néron, empereur romain; Nero, Emperor of Rome; Néron (empereur romain ; 0037-0068); Nero, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam T Griffin
ISBN: 0300032854 9780300032857
OCLC Number: 11720816
Description: 320 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The making of a Princeps. Nero's paternal clan ; the ambitions of Agrippina --
Part I: Nero's principate. The new ruler ; The golden age ; Partners in power --
The turning point. Signs of stress in the good years ; Ideological tension ; Attitudes to Claudius --
The descent into tyranny. The new advisers ; Personality and principate ; Bread and circuses ; First without equals --
The tyranny of art. Numismatic innovations ; Architecture and town planning --
The artistic tyrant. The literary renaissance ; Neronian patronage ; The theory of a literary opposition ; The emperor on the stage --
"What an artist dies with me". The Pisonian conspiracy ; The persecution of the Stoics ; The Vinician conspiracy --
Part II: Post-mortem on the fall of Nero. Why did it happen? ; The problem of the succession. Nero's rivals --
The problem of finance. The Augustan pattern ; The magnificent monarch --
The temptation of philhellenism. Nero's Greek tastes ; Practical benefits ; Family and imperial history ; The notion of divine monarchy --
The military image of the Princeps. Neronian foreign policy ; The pursuit of glory.
Responsibility: Miriam T. Griffin.

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"Although Nero's personality has fascinated both historians and writers of fiction, it is the nature of his reign and its context within the Julio-Claudian dynasty that has even greater importance for historians of the Roman Empire. Nero's final collapse brought to an end the dynasty Augustus had founded and placed in jeopardy the political system he had devised. To what extent does Nero's failure reveal not only his own ineptitude but the tensions and problems inherent in that system? Why did this actor-emperor find the role of princeps so difficult to play? These are the questions confronted by Miriam Griffin in her wide-ranging study. Dividing her book into two distinct yet related parts, Griffin first analyzes the reign of Nero in terms of the Emperor's attitude and initiative and then provides a diagnosis of his fall in which his personality is seen interacting with the political institutions he inherited. The accent is on Nero, but he is never viewed in isolation: the example of his family and predecessors, the influence of his advisers and rivals, and the effect upon those who had to follow him--all give a broad focus to this work."--Jacket.

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