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By Dr Nic Fields

ISBN-10: 1781591881

ISBN-13: 9781781591888

With the loss of life of Nero through his personal shaky hand, the ill-sorted, ill-starred Iulio-Claudian dynasty got here to an ignominious finish, and Rome was once up for the taking. This used to be nine June, advert sixty eight. the next 12 months, generally called the 'Year of the 4 Emperors', used to be most likely one in all Rome's worst. 

Nero's loss of life threw up a severe query for the Empire. How may possibly a brand new guy occupy the vacant throne in Rome and determine a brand new dynasty? this case had by no means arisen ahead of, because in all earlier successions the recent emperor had a few relation to his predecessor, however the psychotic and paranoid Nero had performed away with any eligible kinfolk. and the way may well a brand new emperor safe his criminal place and authority near to the Senate and to the military, in addition to to people who had a vested curiosity within the procedure, the Praetorian safeguard? the outcome used to be that formidable and unscrupulous generals of the empire fell right into a bloody strength fight to make your mind up who had the perfect to put on the imperial purple.

Tacitus, in his acid approach, feedback that 'one of the secrets and techniques of ruling have been printed: an emperor may be created outdoors Rome'. This was once simply because imperial authority was once finally in keeping with keep an eye on of the army. hence, to keep strength a participant within the video game of thrones needed to achieve an unshakable keep an eye on over the legions, which have been dotted alongside the fringes of the empire. after all, this in flip intended that the warriors themselves may perhaps impose their very own selection. certainly, it became out that no matter if an emperor won popularity in Rome, this counted for not anything within the face of competition from the armies out within the frontier provinces. It was once to take a tumultuous 12 months of civil warfare and the loss of life of 3 imperial applicants sooner than a fourth candidate may possibly pop out on most sensible, stay there, and identify for himself a brand new dynasty. Nic Fields narrates the twists and turns and the army occasions of this brief yet bloody interval of Roman history.

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