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The Sons of Caesar

Imperial Rome's First Dynasty

Philip Matyszak


The thrilling story of one of the most powerful dynasties in history


Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero – these are the men who mastered ancient Rome and changed it from a democracy to a personal possession. Their lives, their struggles for and grandiose displays of power have provided some of the most dramatic moments in ancient history. After the assassination of Julius Caesar, his adopted heir Octavian rose to power and reinvented himself as the Emperor Augustus. The Julio-Claudian house ruled for almost a century, but their time was filled with tragedy, conspiracy and murder.

Set against a background of foreign wars and domestic intrigue, the story of Rome’s greatest dynasty is also the story of the birth of an imperial system, the impact of which has shaped Europe’s history all the way up to the present day.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 90

Publication date: 17 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500295908

Contents List

Julio-Claudian Family Tree • Preface • 1. Introduction: From Republic to Empire • 2. Family Fortunes • 3. Julius Caesar: From a Renegade to a God • 4. From Octavian to Augustus: Caesar’s Deadly Legacy • 5. Tiberius: Emperor by Default • 6. Gaius Caligula: Fear and Loathing at the imperial court • 7. Claudius: the Unexpected Emperor • 8. Nero: The Death of a Dynasty • Epilogue

About the Author

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of many books on classical civilization, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day, Lives of the Romans (with Joanne Berry) and Legionary.