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Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General

Lindsay Powell

Editore: Pen and Sword, 2013
ISBN 10: 1781591202 / ISBN 13: 9781781591208
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Titolo: Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and ...

Casa editrice: Pen and Sword

Data di pubblicazione: 2013

Legatura: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Germanicus was regarded by many Romans as a hero in the mould of Alexander the Great. His untimely death, in suspicious circumstances, ended the possibility of a return to a more open republic and ambitions for the outright conquest of Germania Magna. This biography of Germanicus is in parts a growing-up story, a history of war, a tale of political intrigue and a murder mystery. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_1781591202

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Riassunto: Germanicus (a.k.a. Germanicus Iulius Caesar) was considered by Romans as one of their greatest military heroes. His untimely death, in suspicious circumstances, ended the possibility of a return to a more open republic and ambitions for the outright conquest of Germania Magna (Germany). This, the first modern biography of Germanicus, is in parts a growing-up story, a history of war, a tale of political intrigue and a murder mystery. It is a natural sequel to the author's first book, Eager for Glory, which discussed the life of Germanicus? natural father, Nero Claudius Drusus, for the first time.

Born in 15 BC, Germanicus grew up to be a skilled diplomat and bold soldier. Married to the granddaughter of Augustus (by whom he fathered the future Emperor Caligula) and responsible for avenging Rome?s humiliating defeat at the Teutoburg Forest through victory at Idistaviso (AD16) and the recovery of one of the lost standards, his reputation and popularity were immense. The Emperor Tiberius, his adoptive father, granted him a triumph, but refused to let him complete the reconquest of Germania, sending him instead to command in the East. Did Tiberius feel jealous and threatened?

Germanicus fortunes waned when he fell out with one of Tiberius appointees, Piso. His death in mysterious circumstances, aged 34, brought great outpourings of public grief and anger, with many suspecting murder on the orders of Tiberius. Piso was put on trial but he committed suicide ? or was he murdered? ? before the senate could reach a verdict.


?Biographies of Germanicus Caesar ? arguably one of Rome?s finest generals ? are few and far between, sadly. When one is published, therefore, it gives cause for celebration ? particularly when it?s as good as the volume penned by Lindsay Powell. Meticulously researched, absorbing and well written, this is no dusty, academic tome, but a ?must have? text for any reader with an interest in Rome. Powell knows his subject matter inside out, and is to be highly commended on a most welcome addition to the biographies of Rome?s most famous sons.?
-- Ben Kane, The Forgotten Legion Chronicles and Spartacus series.

'GERMANICUS brings the reader face to bloody face with serious history and tells the story of a Roman emperor that might have been - principled, courageous and, above all else, sane! Excellent fare, and highly recommended.'
-- Anthony Riches, Empire series.

"A modern, impartial study of the life of Germanicus is not only timely but overdue. For, apart from the enduring mystery of his death, Germanicus did come as close as anyone in the attempt to re-establish Roman rule from the Rhine to the Elbe. Had he succeeded, the history of the Roman Empire - and therefore of subsequent ages - would have been greatly different. It is worth examining how and why the attempt failed, and learning more about the man who made it."
-- Philip Matyszak, author of The Sons of Caesar and Legionary: The Roman Soldier's Handbook

"The story of a Roman Emperor that might have been, Germanicus is a thorough, unbiased account of a man who is often overlooked despite the great impact he made on Ancient Rome.
It is a fascinating study and well worth reading if you have an interest in the Roman Empire."
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"...both meticulously scholarly and absorbing to read as it delves into a great man's life marked by military glory, political intrigue and a murder mystery."
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What the author has achieved here [in GERMANICUS] is to describe not only a personality, but to carefully place that individual within the context of his time.... We learn not only about the man and his deeds, but his influence in history, literature, and art. It also happens to be a well written account and a good read, which means I now face an agonizing decision on which volume to discard on my bookshelf to make way for it.


"I particularly like Powell's narrative style. It is extremely readable, providing an educational narrative on a fascinating period of history. ... Powell has done an exemplary job of shedding light upon the character and accomplishments of this noteworthy Roman. I strongly recommend this book"
-- Major Chris Buckham, Ancient Warfare, issue VIII.4 (September 2014).

L'autore: P. Lindsay Powell is the author of Eager for Glory (Pen & Sword, March 2011), a regular contributor to Ancient Warfare magazine and a veteran of The Ermine Street Guard. 'He is now working on a biography of Agrippa which will be published by Pen & Sword in 2014'

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