The Augustan Aristocracy

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - History - 504 pages
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While the monarchy established by Caesar Augustus has attracted much scholarly attention, far less has been said about the reemergence of the old nobility at that time after years of civil war. One clear reason for this has been the lack of reliable evidence from the period. This book goes backward to the early years of the first century B.C. and forward to the reign of Nero in search of documentation of the Augustan aristocracy. Syme draws particularly on the Annals of Tacitus to cover 150 years in the history of Roman families, chronicling their splendor and success, as well as their subsequent fall within the embrace of the dynasty.
 

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Contents

The Nobilitas
1
The Hazards of Life
15
Nobiles in Eclipse
44
Sixteen Aristocratic Consuls
50
Monarchy and Concord
64
Some Perturbations
82
Stability Restored
93
The Resplendent Aemilii
104
Descendants of Pompeius and Sulla
255
Descendants of Crassus
270
Lentulus the Augur
284
Kinsmen of Seianus
300
Quinctilius Varus
313
Piso the Pontifex
329
The Education of an Aristocrat
346
The Other Pisones
367

The End of L Aemilius Paullus
115
Marcus Lepidus
128
Two Nieces of Augustus
141
Neros Aunts
155
Princesses and Court Ladies
168
TheJunii Silani
188
Messalla Corvinus
200
The Decease of Messalla
217
The Posterity of Messalla
227
The Last Scipiones
244
Nobiles in Horace
382
Fabius Maximus
403
Nobiles in Velleius
421
The Apologia for the Principate
439
THE CONSULS 80 BCAD 14
455
BIBLIOGRAPHY
459
INDEX OF PERSONS
470
GENEALOGICAL TABLES
505
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Ronald Syme is at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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