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Levick, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 0713452099 / ISBN 13: 9780713452099
Published by Batsford Ltd, 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Both Inscribed and Signed to Colleague; Tight, Clean, Unmarked Copy; Dust Jacket w/ Light Shelfwear and Small Nick at Head of Spine; Dust Jacket Protected in Mylar Cover; Imperial Biographies; 9.13 X 6.38 X 1.18 inches; 256 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 6158

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Title: Claudius

Publisher: Batsford Ltd

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Stated First Edition

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This study is the first major work in English in 50 years on the subject of the Emperor Claudius and, with the aid of modern research, the author is able to build on the work of Momigliano, Graves and Scramuzza. Far from seeing Claudius as a reluctant emperor, wedded to Republican ideals, who could hardly tear himself away from his books, Dr Levick portrays him as a frustrated politician. From the moment of his violent succession after the murder of Caligula to the final death roll of 35 senators and 321 knights, his reign marks a fresh step towards monarchy. Claudius and his court were politicians struggling to keep themselves in power, unable to escape the weakness of a usurping regime.


'This study, with its balanced judgementis well organised, well argued and well written.' - The Classical Review

'Barbara Levick succeeds in [her] task admirably.' - Times Literary Supplement

'It must rank as one of the best studies of the Julio-Claudians This book will probably remain the best treatment of Julio-Claudian government for a long time to come.' - David Potter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'A must read, - Claudius has force and wit.'

'A biography and much more ... this stimulating book is the best we have on Claudius and among the best current treatments of any Roman emperor.' - Ronald Mellor, American Historical Review

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