Trajan : Optimus Princeps: A Life and Times

Bennett, Julian

Verlag: Routledge, 1997
ISBN 10: 0415165245 / ISBN 13: 9780415165242
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Inhaltsangabe: Did Trajan really deserve his reputation as the embodiment of all imperial virtues? Why did Dante, writing in the Middle Ages, place him in the sixth sphere of Heaven among the Just and Temperate rulers?
In this, the only biography of Trajan available in English, Julian Bennett rigorously tests the substance of this glorious reputation. Surprisingly, for a Roman emperor, Trajan comes through the test with his reputation relatively intact.

About the Author: JULIAN BENNETT is Lecturer in Archaeology at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. After reading Archaeology at the University of Durham, he prepared a dissertation on HadrianÍs Wall at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been the English Heritage Field Officer for HadrianÍs Wall and has contributed articles to Britannia and Archaeologia Aeliana.

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Titel: Trajan : Optimus Princeps: A Life and Times
Verlag: Routledge
Erscheinungsdatum: 1997
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Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Antiquarian. Routledge, London, 1997. XVII,317p. ills.(B&W photographs and line drawings). Hard bound. Spine silver titled. Initials stamp, date and personal library mark on half title. Light remains of pencil strikes in margins. 'Trajan's reputation in antiquity and in the Middle Ages is well-known, although passing judgement upon that reputation is a none-too-easy task, because of the paucity of ancient source-material. The emperor's biographer has, therefore, to make the best of what there is; to this B. does full justice - a chapter (VI) devoted to the views of Pliny and Dio Chrysostom, an appendix citing Dio Cassius' treatment of the Dacian Wars, together with a chapter (VIII) on those wars which leans heavily on the evidence of the column. Besides this, there is a close discussion (Chapter XIV) of the presentation of Trajan's 'virtues' on the Arch at Beneventum, as well as an ample collection of photographic plates ilustrating aspects of the the Trajanic coinage and monuments (.). Reasonably enough, a good deal of space is devoted to the major campaign-areas of Trajan's reign - the Danube and the East, both of which are made much easier to follow, as is the chapter (XII) on the organization of Dacia and Arabia, by clear maps and diagrams. B.'s archaeological background is put to very good use in the way in which strategies and campaigns are elucidated using the combination of the different source-types available to place them on the ground. The narrative in these sections is detailed and tight, and provides an account that is admirably clear for the reader to follow. (.) This book is certainly a valuable addition to the burgeoning collection of imperial biographies.' (DAVID SHOTTER in The Classical Review (New Series), 1999, pp.486-488). Antiquarian. Artikel-Nr. 50235

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