By Anthony Blond
With the hot luck of "Rome" on BBC2, not anyone will examine the personal lives of the Roman Emperors back within the comparable mild. Anthony Blond's scandalous divulge of the lifetime of the Caesars is a must-read for all drawn to what fairly went on in historic Rome. Julius Caesar is generally provided as a wonderful common while in truth he used to be an conceited charmer and a swank; Augustus was once so aware of his top that he positioned lifts in his sandals. yet they have been not anything in comparison to Caligula, Claudius and Nero. This e-book is attention-grabbing interpreting, eye-opening in its revelations and easily pleasing.
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Further I have not really well understood the religions of the Romans but I sense that neither did they. I see I have omitted the haruspices, the practice of divining the correct course of actions by examining the entrails of an animal. I remember the Roman general thus warned against his proposed attack ignoring the advice and winning. I believe the only ‘ism’ Romans believed in was that of pragma. To our eyes now, Ancient Rome does not appear so ancient or so far away. It was nearer in spirit to turn-of-the-century Manhattan – with its polyglottery, very rich and very poor – and in its power-broking and denunciations, to contemporary Washington, capital of the present number-one world power.
Pontius Pilate was corrupt, bad-tempered and tactless; Felix, who imprisoned Paul and whom he disdained to bribe, was bent; Festus, who wanted to acquit Paul, was straight; the worst was Cestius Gallus, the legate of Syria whose behaviour at Passover in Jerusalem in AD 66 provoked the Jewish War. The Jewish War, which lasted six years – a long time if the relative strength of the parties is considered, especially since the Jews spent much of their energy fighting each other – was painful and exasperating for the Romans and catastrophic for the Jews.
CLIENTELA every grand Roman patron was attended in the morning by a group of hangers-on or dependents, ‘clients’, who were treated by him with consideration or hauteur according to his mood or nature, but the relationship was important to both parties, crucial between former master and freedman. CONSCRIPT FATHERS senators enjoyed this designation because it reminded them of their antiquity. CONSUL the top job in Rome under the Republic, with limitless power, and an office to which Emperors were frequently elected.
A Brief History of the Private Lives of the Roman Emperors by Anthony Blond