The Julio-Claudian Succession

Reality and Perception of the "Augustan Model"


This collection of essays considers the challenging questions around the formation, establishment and continuation of the Julio-Claudian principate from the coming to power of Augustus. Augustus laid down the ground rules for a princeps, and the essays explore the subsequent transition of power, and how the succession and subsequent rule manifested itself, even though there was no formal mechanism for such a transfer. These essays fully utilize the extant literary, epigraphic, numismatic and visual record to evaluate Augustus’ “political legacy”. The representation, and retention, of power was a critical issue for the princeps and his subjects, and the contributors provide fresh political and literary analysis of aspects of the principates of Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius and Nero.

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A.G.G. Gibson holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Research Fellow in Ancient History at the School of Classics, University of St Andrews.

Contributors: Jane Bellemore, Emma Buckley, John Drinkwater, Alisdair Gibson, Josiah Osgood,
Roger Rees, Robin Seager, Caroline Vout.
"The essays contained in the collection are all insightful and interesting. (...) Overall both the collection as a whole and the individual contributions are valuable for those interested in how the earliest emperors presented themselves." J. Bert Lott, sehepunkteI 13 (2013), Nr. 12

"An insightful work that will be of great value to those interested in the early Empire." The NYMAS Review, No. 57, Winter-Spring 2014, p. 8.

Suetonius and the Succession to Augustus, Josiah Osgood
Perceptions of the Domus Augusta, AD 4-24, Robin Seager
Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus and the invention of succession, Caroline Vout
The Identity of Drusus: the Making of a Princeps, Jane Bellemore
The lousy reputation of Piso, Roger Rees
All things to all men: political perception and reality in AD41, Alisdair Gibson
Nero insitiuus: constructing Neronian identity in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia, Emma Buckley
Nero and the half-baked Principate, John Drinkwater

All those interested in political history, the history of first century Rome, Latin Literature, Classical Studies, Classical Art as well as numismatists, iconographers and epigraphers.
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