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Excellent history book that ranges over the suicide of nutter Nero in June 68 to the eventual declaration of country bumpkin Vespasian as emperor in December 69. As Tacitus states, not it seems over dramatically, the year that opened with the consulship of Galba and Titus Vinius truly was very nearly the last year of Rome's existence. If this wasn't the mother of all civil wars then it must have been very closely related.
The turmoil that convulsed one end of the empire, all the way to the other, began when Galba was declared emperor, only for Otho to stab him in the back with a coup six months later. Otho then committed suicide after losing the battle of Bedriacum against Vittellius' Germanic legions,ending his three month reign. Only for Vittelius to last just six months before being toppled by Flavian forces. (All this while the man himself sat with his feet up in Alexandria.)
Gwynn Morgan is Professor of Classics and History. 69A.D. was published in 2006. The author has a profound and clear understanding of his sources, mainly Tacitus but also including Suetonius, Cassius Dio, Plutarch and Josephus. As well as unknown sources, perhaps including one Fabius Rusticus, Cluvius Rufus, Pliny the Elder, Aufidius Bassus and Vipstanus Messalla, a serving military tribune with legion VII Claudia in 69. The book also contains an excellent appendix covering all the principal sources, as well as a very informative list of all the operational legions involved in the turmoil.
69A.D. clearly caused reverberations all around the Roman world. Perhaps resulting in the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus' forces in 70. It also effected the tribal allegiances in Britain, after their subjugation, post Boudicca. As well as many minor eruptions of piracy and rebellion around the Empire.

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  • Publisher:Oxford University Press
  • File: 6.4 Mb
  • Ganre: History
  • Release: 01.03.2007
  • ISBN: 9780195315899
  • Pages 338
  • Rating: 4.39 (88 votes)

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