XI
EMPERORS

KEY DATES IN CHAPTER XI
31 BCOctavian emerges from the Actium campaign as victor of civil wars
27 BCOctavian given the title Augustus by the Senate
AD 14Death of Augustus. The succession of Tiberius
AD 41Assassination of Caius (Caligula). Praetorian Guard impose Claudius as new princes
AD 68Suicide of Nero leaves no Julio-Claudian heirs
AD 69Year of the Four Emperors, ends with Vespasian establishing the Flavian dynasty
AD 96Assassination of Domitian, succeeded by Nerva
AD 98–117The reign of Trajan. Major wars against the Dacians and then the Parthians, spectacular building in Rome
AD 117–38Reign of Hadrian, withdrawal from Mesopotamia
AD 138–61Reign of Antoninus Pius
AD l6l-80Reign of Marcus Aurelius (jointly with Lucius Verus until 169). Beginnings of increased pressure on northern frontier
AD 165–80Antonine plague sweeps westwards across empire
AD 180–92Reign of Commodus
AD 192Assassination of Commodus provokes short civil war, ending in victory of Severus
AD 235Death of Alexander Severus marks the end of Severan dynasty and the beginning of the military crisis of the third century

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xii
  • List of Maps xiv
  • Notes on Further Reading xv
  • I - The Whole Story xvi
  • II - Empires of the Mind 13
  • III - Rulers of Italy 30
  • IV - Imperial Ecology 48
  • V - Mediterranean Hegemony 62
  • VI - Slavery and Empire 82
  • VII - Crisis 96
  • VIII - At Heaven’s Command? 113
  • IX - The Generals 128
  • X - The Enjoyment of Empire 146
  • XI - Emperors 162
  • XII - Resourcing Empire 185
  • XIII - War 200
  • XIV - Imperial Identities 218
  • XV - Recovery and Collapse 232
  • XVI - A Christian Empire 254
  • XVII - Things Fall Apart 272
  • XVIII - The Roman Past and the Roman Future 288
  • Notes 301
  • Bibliography 327
  • Glossary of Technical Terms 357
  • Photographic Acknowledgements 361
  • Index 362
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