The Augustan Aristocracy

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - History - 504 pages
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While the monarchy established by Caesar Augustus attracts assiduous study, not enough has been said about the old nobility renascent after years of civil war. One clear reason is the nature of the evidence, most of it sporadic or recondite. To be made intelligible, the theme demands constant recourse to better documented periods. The exposition has to range backward to the closing age of the Republic and forward to Nero's death. In fact, the best testimony to the Augustan aristocracy derives from the Annals of Tacitus. After splendour and success, evident notably in the second decade of the reign (on which this book is centred), the ancient houses went down in the embrace of the dynasty, itself from the outset an aristocratic nexus. Covering something like a century and a half in the history of Roman families, this book may be taken as a supplement no less than sequel to The Roman Revolution (OUP 1939) and to Tacitus (OUP 1958).
  

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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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