By C.S. DENTON
Here, seventy five succinct essays conceal ecu royalty from the final king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. there's a permanent public curiosity in royalty and dictatorial rulers: this ebook covers them all comprehensively. way over simply sensational debts, the publication makes a real try and comprehend what drove them to their excesses. a casual, readable kind produces a robust turn-page influence. In our time, whilst eu monarchies look little greater than vacationer curiosities and democracy is taken without any consideration, possible fail to remember how a lot strength pre-democratic rulers may as soon as wield. The rulers and holders of political energy during this ebook fall into 4 different types: these villainized by means of propaganda; people with severe psychological problems; these at the same time respected and reviled; and those that really have been the epitome of evil. 'Absolute strength' exhibits how they have been all over excited through their exalted prestige or maybe beaten by way of it, whereas a number of have been pushed over the sting into insanity.
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As for Livilla herself, her mother Antonia was said to have personally starved her to death for her crime. After Sejanus's execution, the Romans – citizens and soldiers – rioted and anyone judged guilty by the court of the mob for having sympathy for Sejanus was butchered on the spot. The fall of Sejanus may have saved Tiberius's reputation for a while at least, but it did nothing for the surviving family of Germanicus. Agrippina, who had been exiled to an island for years, was beaten so badly by a guard that she lost an eye.
The Sibyl eventually returned again, claiming she had burnt three more of the books and the price for them was unchanged from before. This time, even 'the Proud' relented, although one version of the tale says he did so only under the advice of Tullia. A clue that this legend was only a fabrication is that Lucius Tarquin did not get any wiser regarding his family's future. He had no warning, otherworldly or otherwise, that the Roman people would eventually rise up against him, drive him and his family out of the city and establish a new form of government, the Republic.
For Tiberius, the prospect of such power did nothing to ease the blow of the divorce. Since an early age Tiberius had been married to Vispania and they loved each other passionately, not a common thing in a class where marriage was just another potent political tool. Days after the divorce was finalized, Tiberius caught sight of Vispania at a bath-house and silently followed her around the city with tear-stained eyes. After that embarrassing incident, Augustus and Livia saw to it personally that their paths would never cross again and arranged for Vispania to marry a senator.