Aurelian and Probus

Aurelian and Probus

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This review is by @metellus cimber II

The Roman Empire in the West officially lasted for just over 500 years: from 27 BC, when Augustus was formally inaugurated as the first Emperor, until 476 AD, when Romulus Augustulus, the last Emperor, was forced to abdicate. There will always be disagreement about the precise dating: arguably Rome had become an imperial power well before Augustus, while some authorities consider that the last Emperor was Julius Nepos, who was de jure and de facto Emperor 474-475 AD and then...

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This review is by @metellus cimber II

The Roman Empire in the West officially lasted for just over 500 years: from 27 BC, when Augustus was formally inaugurated as the first Emperor, until 476 AD, when Romulus Augustulus, the last Emperor, was forced to abdicate. There will always be disagreement about the precise dating: arguably Rome had become an imperial power well before Augustus, while some authorities consider that the last Emperor was Julius Nepos, who was de jure and de facto Emperor 474-475 AD and then...

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Taken in context how would you rate it against Gibbon?
 

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metellus cimber II updated Aurelian and Probus with a new update entry:

Aurelian and Probus, Comparison with Gibbon

I have been asked how I would rate Ikka Syvanne's book, compared with the relevant chapters of Edward Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'. The answer is that Dr Syvanne's book is better-informed; he was able to draw on a wider range of sources than were available to Gibbon and, unlike Gibbon, he is a specialist in military history. However Gibbon is far more readable and enjoyable. Having said that, I am not a Finnish scholar. It may be that the original book is written in...

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Thanks for that, the reason I have asked is a possible wishlist for Xmas. I have Gibbon and Gallic Wars. I don’t mind heavy reading.
If you have a fairish grasp (mine is the fairest) of Roman history, try Guy de la Bedoyere's recent 'Praetorian', which takes you through the ages until the disbandment parade. He does assume knowledge of many names and dates, and without accompanying footnotes in places, so can be a struggle at times to relate A to B, but for the enthusiast, it's a good one.

(Add. I wonder why no film has been made of Sejanus' life... If ever there was a sticky end coming, he had it, and from pimp to almost-Emperor his life was top screenplay material).
 
If you have a fairish grasp (mine is the fairest) of Roman history, try Guy de la Bedoyere's recent 'Praetorian', which takes you through the ages until the disbandment parade. He does assume knowledge of many names and dates, and without accompanying footnotes in places, so can be a struggle at times to relate A to B, but for the enthusiast, it's a good one.

(Add. I wonder why no film has been made of Sejanus' life... If ever there was a sticky end coming, he had it, and from pimp to almost-Emperor his life was top screenplay material).
Thanks I’ve got it. Whilst writing my book on Arthur, I took the precaution of writing out a card index for each of the characters including a potted history for quick reference, however it starts in the middle of the 3rd century. Sejanus was depicted in I Claudius.
 

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