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Title: Year of the Four Emperors
Author: Wellesley, Kenneth
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2000
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415236201
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
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After the death of the infamous Nero in A.D. 68, the Romans might have hoped that A.D. 69 would usher in a new era of peace and stability. It was not to be! Before January was out, the new emperor, Galba, had been brutally assassinated, and the next two successors to the imperial throne, Otho and Vitellius, were to meet equally violent ends. This period of turmoil also saw two desperate battles at Cremona, the capture of ROme for Vespasian--fourth and final emperor of the year--and a civil war in Italy which shook the farthest reaches of the Empire.
Kenneth Wellesley's gripping acount combines an elegant and exciting narrative with sound, meticulous scholarship based on his intimate knowledge of the Historiesof Tacitus. Now with a new Introduction by Barbara Levick, the book will once more be welcomed as the standard work on this turbulent period in Rome's imperial past.
1 Prospect and Retrospect
2 The Five Days' Caesar
3 Caecina and Valens
4 Otho's Reaction 5 The First Battle of Cremona
6 Vitellius' March to Rome
7 Flavian Hopes
8 The Second Battle of Cremona
9 Antonius Moves South
10 Rhine and Nile
11 The Battle of Rome
12 The Last Ten Days