By C.S. DENTON
Here, seventy five succinct essays conceal eu royalty from the final king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. there's an everlasting public curiosity in royalty and dictatorial rulers: this ebook covers them all comprehensively. way over simply sensational bills, the booklet makes a real try and comprehend what drove them to their excesses. an off-the-cuff, readable kind produces a robust turn-page impact. In our time, whilst ecu monarchies appear little greater than vacationer curiosities and democracy is taken without any consideration, one could omit how a lot strength pre-democratic rulers may well as soon as wield. The rulers and holders of political energy during this publication fall into 4 different types: these villainized via propaganda; people with severe psychological issues; these at the same time respected and reviled; and people who actually have been the epitome of evil. 'Absolute strength' indicates how they have been all over excited through their exalted prestige or maybe crushed by means of it, whereas a couple of have been pushed over the sting into insanity.
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Augustus won the link to the old Roman nobility he needed, since despite being the sole heir of the famous Julius Caesar he was burdened by a rather humble background (his family was the closest thing the Romans had to middle class and Augustus was sometimes slandered for having a banker for a grandfather). Livia, for her part, gained the best security available in all of Rome. Whether or not she or Augustus had any qualms about her being pregnant with another child, Drusus, by the elder Tiberius, even as they went about the marriage ritual, is something that is unfortunately overlooked by the history books.
One very dramatic explanation is handed to us in the story that Antonia, Livilla's mother, wrote a letter denouncing Sejanus, accusing him of the murder of Drusus and putting forward evidence that he was plotting to kill Germanicus's youngest son, Gaius 'Caligula'. Whatever led to it, Tiberius formulated a complex plan to remove Sejanus without igniting a civil war. The plot began when Tiberius appointed Sejanus Consul, and even gave him a title, 'Sharer of my Cares', that implied Tiberius considered Sejanus to be a co-ruler, even though he soon began favoring Caligula and giving hints that he was thinking about making Caligula his heir.
A portrait, worth about a million sesterces, of the mythological heroine Atlanta performing oral sex on Meleager was hung in his bedroom. In the gardens and woods around his villa at Capri, young girls dressed like nymphs and boys costumed as the god Pan would dance, play music, and make love for his amusement. When he swam, boys he called his 'minnows' would swim around him, licking and biting at his 'bait'. Providing the Emperor with such entertainment cannot have been a pleasant task, since he was by then an old man with a body covered with festering sores and body hair.
Absolute Power. The Real Lives of Europe's Most Infamous Rulers by C.S. DENTON