By Peter Michael Swan
Written within the author's maternal Greek, the Roman History of the third-century A.D. historian Cassius Dio is our fullest surviving old resource for the reign of the Emperor Augustus. In The Augustan Succession Peter Michael Swan offers an considerable historic and historiographic observation on Books 55-56 of the background. those books recount Augustus's final twenty-three years (9 B.C.-A.D. 14), in which the getting older monarch, amid dynastic tragedies and armed forces setbacks, orchestrated the continuation of the constitutional and imperial procedure built lower than his management, which resulted in his transmission of energy to his son-in-law Tiberius. The Augustan Succession is the 1st statement because the eighteenth century to provide complete and clean therapy of this phase of Dio's work.
This observation can pay shut serious awareness to Dio's old resources, tools, and assumptions because it additionally strives to give him as a determine in his personal correct. in the course of a longevity (ca. 164-after 229), Dio served as a Roman senator below seven emperors from Commodus to Severus Alexander, ruled 3 Roman provinces, and was once two times consul. An acute and modern observer of vast adventure, situated as regards to the seat of imperial energy, he was once a confident character who embodied deeply conservative political and social perspectives and prejudices. these kinds of components tell the pages of Dio's Augustan narrative, as does, notably, his doctrine that the simplest treatment for the worries of his personal age of "rust and iron" was once rule at the version of Augustus. this can be an ancient statement on Books 55-56 of Dio's Roman History. those books recount the final half the reign of the Emperor Augustus, exceptionally his orchestration of the 1st imperial succession. Addressed to either scholars and students, the hot statement is the 1st because the eighteenth century to provide complete and clean remedy of this section of Dio's work.
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