Claudius

Claudius

Barbara Levick / Jan 24, 2020

Claudius In the first book on Claudius written in English in over fifty years Barbara Levick provides a major reassessment of the man and his reign Drawing on recent research Levick offers a provocative reco

  • Title: Claudius
  • Author: Barbara Levick
  • ISBN: 9780300058314
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the first book on Claudius written in English in over fifty years, Barbara Levick provides a major reassessment of the man and his reign Drawing on recent research, Levick offers a provocative reconsideration of Claudius s political objectives and activities within the constitutional, political, social, and economic development of Rome A history of political and domesIn the first book on Claudius written in English in over fifty years, Barbara Levick provides a major reassessment of the man and his reign Drawing on recent research, Levick offers a provocative reconsideration of Claudius s political objectives and activities within the constitutional, political, social, and economic development of Rome A history of political and domestic intrigue as well as an investigation into the limits of a Roman emperor s power, her book will be essential reading for historians of the Roman Empire Barbara Levick provides a new treatment of the reign of Claudius it is a biography and much His reign was the turning point in the establishment of the permanent monarchy, and Levick is excellent in showing how Claudius worked throughout his reign to secure his position This stimulating book is the best we have on Claudius and among the best current treatments of any Roman emperor Ronald Mellor, American Historical Review A must read, Claudius has force and wit Donald G Kyle, Classical World In this authoritative but highly readable book the defects and achievements of the Emperor are assessed critically and with full exploitation of the nonliterary sources epigraphical, archaeological, and, especially important, numismatic that often throw light on or raise doubts about the evidence provided by the ancient writers Bernard Knox, The Atlantic An excellent study of the important reign of Claudius The general reader, as well as the scholar, will study this book with pleasure as well as with instruction Hugh Lloyd Jones, New York Review of Books

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      • Barbara Levick

        Barbara M Levick born 1931 is a British historian, specializing in ancient history She was educated at St Hugh s College, Oxford, and, since 1959, has been a Fellow of St Hilda s College, Oxford now emeritus She is a prolific writer and occasional broadcaster on Roman history.Levick is best known to the general public for her biographies of Roman emperors.


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    1. Claudius - Born too late for bountiful bootyIn this book, Barbara Levick offers a revisionist view of who Claudius was, moving away from the malicious words of Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio, instead relying on less biased evidence. The ancient view of Claudius depicts him as stupid, with his mother, according to Suetonius, calling him a 'monstrosity of a human being, one that Nature began and never finished'. Furthermore, he likely suffered from cerebral palsy, which affected his ability to [...]


    2. Love this book probably the most out of the series. Not only am I a HUGE Claudius fan, but Everitt shows everyone why Claudius was not a mentally challenged boy who sulked in the shadows. Everitt does an amazing job of showing how a child who was limp, deaf, and had a speech impediment brought the army and Rome to love him through his knowledge of philosophy, oration, and politics. Definitely would recommend this book to fellow students who brush over Claudius to focus on the more famous Nero.


    3. I really wanted to like this book but I found it very awkward to read. I mistakenly assumed that it would take on the approach of a chronological biography and as a result i was a bit let down as the biography is structured in categories rather than chronology. Also the writing style of Barbara did not really suit me. I had previously came off reading Augustus by Goldsworthy, Tiberius and Caligula and I could not put them down, I buzzed right through them. This book for me is quite a slog/strugg [...]


    4. Wonderful source for those looking to study the emperor Claudius. Goes through all the major primary sources that discuss him. Very helpful for Classical Studies students focusing on Claudius or the Julio-Claudians. I think she is about to release an updated version though (if its not already out), so I would look into that one.


    5. Barbara Levick's book can always be expected to be full of detail and interest. Her Claudius volume is,no exception, which is why 25 years after the initial publication it is still a great read. It is beginning to show its age, if only through the fact that many new inscriptions and discoveries are not covered.


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