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In this, the only biography of Septimius Severus in English, Anthony R. Birley explors how 'Roman' or otherwise this man was and examines his remarkable background and career.
Severus was descended from Phoenician settlers in Tripolitania, and his reign, AD 193-211, represents a key point in Roman history. Birley explores what was African and what was Roman in Septimius' background, given that he came from an African city. He asks whether Septimius was a 'typical cosmopolitan bureaucrat', a 'new Hannibal on the throne of Caesar' or 'principle author of the decline of the Roman Empire'?
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Anthony R. Birley is Professor of Ancient History at Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf. He was previously Professor of Ancient History at Manchester University. His previous books include three on Roman Britain as well as biographies of Marcus Aurelius and Hadrian.Review:
"In this excellent book, [Septimius Severus] is rehabilitated as an able if ruthless leader and a remarkable man."
"A Surprisingly rich picture of the emperor's times."
-Ramsey Macmillan, "Ancient History
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Book Description Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1971 Eyre and Spottiswoode hardcover, edgeworn dj, with some shelfwear/edgewear, GOOD Standard-sized. Seller Inventory # FORN205-340-930
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1971. Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP79706131
Book Description Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1971. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. No dust jacket. Please note the Image in this listing is a stock photo and may not match the covers of the actual item,850grams, ISBN:0413269000. Seller Inventory # 9052022
Book Description Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket. Black cloth hardcovers are clean, lightly bumped at spine ends. Ink name on front free endpaper, else interior clean and secure. . 8vo Professional bookseller for twenty years. Orders shipped daily in cardboard bookfolds. Seller Inventory # 33337
Book Description Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Hardcover in dust jacket. Good condition. Previous owner's name penned on FEP. Jacket is worn and creased at edges with several nicks and small tears. One taped repair to tear at jacket rear upper edge. Small tippex mark on jacket inner front flap over previous price and minor foxing to inside of jacket's inner flaps. Pages remain sound and the text is clear. TA. Used. Seller Inventory # 513082
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