Caracalla

A Military Biography

Ilkka Syvänne

 
Date Published :
September 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
30+ maps, 50 b/w line drawings, 16pp plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473895249
Pages : 368
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$39.95

Overview
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Caracalla has one of the worst reputations of any Roman Emperor. Many ancient historians were very hostile and Edward Gibbon later dubbed him ‘the common enemy of mankind’. Yet his reign was considered by at least one Roman author to be the apogee of the Roman Empire. Guilty of many murders and massacres (including his own brother, ex-wife and daughter) he was, however, popular with the army, improving their pay and cultivating the image of sharing their hardships. Surprisingly this is the first full-length biography of this colorful character in English.

Ilkka Syvanne explains how the biased ancient sources in combination with the stern looking statues of the emperor have created a distorted image of the man and then reconstructs the actual events, particularly his military campaigns and reforms, to offer a balanced view of his reign. The biography offers the first complete overview of the policies, events and military campaigns of the reign and explains how and why these contributed to the military crisis of the third century.

About The Author
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Dr Ilka Syvanne gained his doctorate in history in 2004 from Tampere University in his native Finland. His doctoral thesis was published as The Age of Hippotoxotai, Art of War in Roman Military Revival and Disaster 491-636 (Tampere University Press, Tampere 2004). Since 2007 he has been Vice Chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies. He contributed to Blackwell's Encyclopaedia of the Roman Army (2011) and is the author of the multi-volume Military History of Late Rome, published by Pen & Sword. Most recently he has been nominated as an Associate Professor of the University of Haifa He lives in Kangasala, Finland.

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