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Vespasian

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
From a pre-eminent biographer in the field, this well-documented and illustrated biography examines the life and time of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements.



Examining received opinions on Vespasian, Barbara Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace and
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Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 23rd 2005 by Routledge (first published July 20th 1999)
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Terence
Sep 17, 2012 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roman history enthusiasts
This is a very dense biography of the Roman emperor Vespasian (69-79), and a more general history of the establishment of the Flavian dynasty (69-96); Levick assumes a very solid knowledge of Roman history in the reader.

Which - if you have one - makes this a highly recommended book. Levick presents a balanced account of Vespasian's life and his (and his family's) impact on the development of the Principate.
Windsor
Aug 31, 2012 Windsor rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient
A good information book, but tends to focus not at all on the dynasty, which I think should be the point of a book on this emperor. Vespasian is seen as the perfect roman, although almost ignoring Flavian family dynastic problems, such as the favoritism of Titus over Domitian, which caused the death of Titus. Overall, a good book, but lacks the completeness that other books in the series have.
David
Oct 15, 2013 David rated it it was ok
I had looked forward to reading this book. It is very academic and dense. Enjoyable in places but I am not sure based on the hours spent I learned as much as I could have. I did skim in some places.
Tim Baldini
Aug 27, 2013 Tim Baldini rated it it was amazing
B. Levick's bio on Vespasian was well overdue when it appeared in 1999. It still remains a fundamental work about the Flavian dynasty.
Rena Sherwood
This is a book for academics only. I gave up about page 50 because I am not an academic. Good book for swatting flies, though.
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Barbara M. Levick (born 1931) is a British historian, specializing in ancient history. She was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and, since 1959, has been a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford (now emeritus). She is a prolific writer and occasional broadcaster on Roman history.

Levick is best known to the general public for her biographies of Roman emperors.
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