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Tiberius

Seager, Robin

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ISBN 10: 0520022122 / ISBN 13: 9780520022126
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, 1972
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition, 1972. Cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 300 pp., illustrated, clean unmarked text, Very Good copy in Very Good price-clipped dust jacket, small stamps on the front flyleaf and top edge, a 3 x 5 card has been affixed to the front flyleaf, tape ghosts on the covers, a bit of age-toning to the dust jacket, light rubbing and edgewear to the dust jacket including some creasing and minor tearing. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # s00018721

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Title: Tiberius

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First printing.

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Synopsis:

Robin Seager has updated his classic biography of Tiberius, which focuses on the Emperor’s complex character as the key to understanding his reign.


  • The most readable account available of the life of Tiberius, the second Roman emperor.
  • Argues that Tiberius’ character provides the key to understanding his reign.
  • Portrays Tiberius as a man whose virtues and beliefs were corrupted by power.
  • Shows how Tiberius’ fears of conspiracy and assassination caused him to lose his grasp of reality.
  • A new afterword discusses important new evidence that has come to light on the reign of Tiberius.

Book Description:

This book traces the life of Tiberius from his birth in Rome in 42 BC during the death throes of the Republic, through his military career and reign as Emperor, to his death in 37 AD. Tiberius' complex character is the key to understanding his reign. Challenging the common ancient view of Tiberius as a consummate hypocrite, the author portrays him instead as a man whose virtues and beliefs were corrupted by power, who lost his grasp of reality as his fears of conspiracy and assassination spiraled out of control, and who finally resorted to ruling by terror. The second edition of this highly readable biography contains a substantial afterword, reconsidering various questions and discussing important new evidence that has come to light since the book was first published.

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