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Nerva and the Roman succession crisis of AD 96-99

Author: John D Grainger
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.
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"The imperial succession at Rome was notoriously uncertain, and where possible, hereditary succession was preferred. But when the infamous emperor Domitian was assassinated in AD 96, he had no sons and had executed several family members who might have succeeded him; the uncertain situation provoked a dangerous crisis." "John Grainger's detailed study looks at this period of intrigue and conspiracy. He explores how,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Nerva, Emperor of Rome; Nerva, Römisches Reich Kaiser.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John D Grainger
ISBN: 0415289173 9780415289177
OCLC Number: 49892189
Description: xxvii, 162 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: John D. Grainger.
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This much needed study addresses the problems of Domitian's assassination, and fills an important gap in the literature on Roman imperial history by providing a detailed assessment of Nerva's rule.  Read more...

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