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Aurelian and the Third Century
In his brief reign (lasting just over five years) Aurelian contributed more to the recovery of the Roman Empire than any other individual of his time. He decisively repelled the German invaders threatening the Danube and crushed the enemies, Zenobia and Tetricus. Among his other achievements he also introduced major monetary reforms and constructed the defensive walls arou ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published April 19th 1999 by Routledge
(first published February 25th 1999)
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Dec 09, 2008 Terence rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Late Roman/Ancient history buffs
Ah, “Star Trek.” So good yet so...frustrating. In one of its better episodes, “Bread and Circuses,” Kirk, Spock and McCoy find themselves on a world where Rome never fell; gladiatorial combats are broadcast on live TV; and 2,000 years after its founder’s death, Christianity is only now beginning to spread. As an erstwhile historian I have many misgivings about how this parallel history works out. For example, how does English become the lingua franca of the empire when it’s a child of Rome’s bar ...more
An academic look at Aurelian and some of his predecessors. Very good information with a lot of detail, but fairly dry. The book covers some before Aurelian's rise to emperor and during his reign, but almost nothing afterwards. It also covers his relationship with the Roman religion, Christianity, the Senate, and other topics. Great if you're interested in the time period and is one of the few books that goes into depth about it, but it's not a particularly enjoyable read.
A very decent book on an emperor that seemed to hold a very fragile, invaded empire together. Fought off multiple invasion attempts by Germans, and kept the people feeling safe when, in reality, right after Aurelian died, the Roman Empire kinda went rather south (save Constantine). Covers his wars and government rather well. Very good book on a very Trajanesque emperor.