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The Resource Claudius Caesar : image and power in the early Roman empire, Josiah Osgood

Claudius Caesar : image and power in the early Roman empire, Josiah Osgood

Label
Claudius Caesar : image and power in the early Roman empire
Title
Claudius Caesar
Title remainder
image and power in the early Roman empire
Statement of responsibility
Josiah Osgood
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The story of Claudius has been often told before. Ancient writers saw the emperor as the dupe of his wives and palace insiders; Robert Graves tried to rehabilitate him as a far shrewder, if still frustrated, politician. Josiah Osgood shifts the focus off the personality of Claudius and on to what his tumultuous years in power reveal about the developing political culture of the early Roman Empire. What precedents set by Augustus were followed? What had to be abandoned? How could a new emperor win the support of key elements of Roman society? This richly illustrated discussion draws on a range of newly discovered documents, exploring events that move far beyond the city of Rome and Italy to Egypt and Judea, Morocco and Britain. Claudius Caesar opens up a new perspective not just on Claudius himself, but all Roman emperors, the Roman Empire, and the nature of empires more generally"--Provided by publisher
  • "Throughout his childhood and early adult years, Claudius never could have expected to become ruler of the Roman world. Born in 10 bc to Drusus, Augustus' stepson, and Antonia, Augustus' niece, he had not a drop of the first emperor's blood in him. But that was not his disqualification, for Claudius' own older brother, Germanicus, was considered a possible successor (Fig. 1). When, in ad 4, Augustus finally adopted Tiberius, gave him new powers, and made him his heir, he required Tiberius first to adopt Germanicus; both thereby gained the crucial name "Caesar" and entered the Julian family.1 And after the premature death of Germanicus in ad 19, it was Germanicus' own young sons, including Gaius Caesar - otherwise known as Caligula - rather than Claudius, who came to be seen as possible successors to Tiberius.2 The obstacle for Claudius was that as a child he suffered from a nervous disorder now diagnosed as dystonia - symptoms mentioned included irregular motor movements, a stammer, and drooling - and was thus deemed unsuitable for public life.3 His own mother, it could be claimed, liked to call him "a freak of a man, not finished by Nature but only begun."4 She, along with the rest of rest of the family, finally decided, when Germanicus was consul in ad 12, that Claudius was not to serve in any magistracy or to join the Senate"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Osgood, Josiah
Dewey number
  • 937/.07092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DG284
LC item number
.O84 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Claudius
  • Rome
  • Political culture
  • Dystonia
Label
Claudius Caesar : image and power in the early Roman empire, Josiah Osgood
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
644692651
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 357 pages
Isbn
9780521881814
Lccn
2010035123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)644692651
Label
Claudius Caesar : image and power in the early Roman empire, Josiah Osgood
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
644692651
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 357 pages
Isbn
9780521881814
Lccn
2010035123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)644692651

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