Ancient Rome History
The Last Pagan
Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World
Paperback ISBN: 1594772266
A history of Julian, the grandson of Constantine, and his failed attempt to reverse the Christian tide that swept the Roman Empire • Portrays the “Apostate” as a poet-philosopher, arguing that had he survived, Christianity would have been checked in its rise • Details reforms enacted by Julian during his two-year reign that marginalized Christians, effectively limiting their role in the social and political life of the Empire • Shows how after Julian’s death the Church used paganism to represent evil and opposition to God, a tactic whose traces still linger The violent death of the emperor Julian (Flavius Claudius Julianus, AD 332-363) on a Persian battlefield has become synonymous with the death of paganism. Vilified throughout history as the “Apostate,” the young philosopher-warrior was the last and arguably the most potent threat to Christianity. The Last Pagan examines Julian’s journey from an aristocratic Christian childhood to his initiation into pagan cults and his mission to establish paganism as the dominant faith of the Roman world. Julian’s death, only two years into his reign, initiated a culture-wide suppression by the Church of all things it chose to identify as pagan. Only in recent decades, with the weakening of the Church’s influence and the resurgence of paganism, have the effects of that suppression begun to wane. Drawing upon more than 700 pages of Julian’s original writings, Adrian Murdoch shows that had Julian lived longer our history and our present-day culture would likely be very different.
Ghosts Of Vesuvius
A New Look At The Last Days Of Pompeii, How The Towers Fell, And Other Strange Connections
Paperback ISBN: 0060751002
An examination of the disasters at Pompeii and Herculaneum by the author of Her Name, Titanic draws on a wealth of new information about life in AD 79, discussing what forensic archaeology and new findings in volcano physics reveal about modern events, including the "collapse column" at the World Trade Center. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
Paperback ISBN: 0062317032
A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first modern” poet, and follows a young man’s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing—an accessible, appealing look at one of history’s greatest poets. Born to one of Verona’s leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread—which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend. Catullus’ Bedspread includes an 8-page color insert.
The Complete Roman Emperor
Imperial Life at Court and on Campaign
Hardcover ISBN: 0500251673
Covers every facet of the Roman Emperor and his world--including a day in the life of the emperor, the emperor at war and the history of this intriguing position of power--in a book that includes 200 color and black-and-white illustrations, information boxes and biographies of all 85 Roman emperors.
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome
Paperback ISBN: 0812978145
A meticulously researched profile of the enigmatic Roman emperor places his formative years against a backdrop of first-century events and chronicles his successful efforts to end a century of disorder and warfare. By the best-selling author of Cicero. Reprint.