From a pre-eminent biographer in the field, this volume examines the life and times of the emperor Vespasian and challenges the validity of his perennial good reputation and universally acknowledged achievements. Levick examines how this plebeian and uncharismatic Emperor restored peace and confidence to Rome and ensured a smooth succession, how he coped with the military, political and economic problems of his reign, and his evaluation of the solutions to these problems, before she finally examines his posthumous reputation.
Now updated to take account of the past 15 years of scholarship, and with a new chapter on literature under the Flavians, Vespasian is a fascinating study for students of Roman history and the general classical enthusiast alike.
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I have no idea whether or not this book is good when read by someone with a better idea of Ancient Roman history than mine, but I gave up because the further I read the more confused I got. Read full review
1 A new man in politics
the command in Britain
3 From Neros court to the walls of Jerusalem
4 The bid for Empire
5 Ideology in action
6 A new Emperor and his opponents
7 Financial survival