[[ Audible ]] Augustus: Eine BiographieAuthor Jochen Bleicken – Replica-watches.co

[[ Audible ]] Augustus: Eine BiographieAuthor Jochen Bleicken – Replica-watches.co

10 thoughts on “Augustus: Eine Biographie

  1. says:

    I was sorely tempted to give Augustus The Biography three stars I would have commented that it would have been a four star book had it been titled The History of Rome under Augustus But in the end, I couldn t do it The last few chapters are too gripping and the entire book is excellently researched Be warned, however there are many sections of Jochen Bleicken s biography of Octavian that are far from being an easy read I am not a trained historian, so perhaps that s why I was surprised at how few historical quotations are actually used in the text they are all hidden away in the notes to the text, and even there they are often simply numerical references to the original sources There are not many anecdotes and there s precious little told of Augustus s personal life Yet, all the same, I would heartily recommend sections of the book to those who are interested in learning about the life of the first emperor The notes section alone will prove invaluable and a chronology, genealogical trees, and further reading are also provided This book is clearly targeted at people who are serious about wanting to learn of ancient Rome The chapter on Cicero and Octavian against Antony outlines a section of Octavian s life that few people are aware of his alliance with Cicero and the senate against Mark Anthony Bleicken is clear to underline that Octavian s success was not due to any particular military prowess, but was mainly a question of luck Indeed, in the section on the triumvirate which describes Octavian s involvement in the proscription lists as well as his responsibility for the resettlements which meant that hundreds of thousands of people were left dispossessed of their property in a time of famine, Augustus comes across as a military tyrant with no consideration other than the security of his rule He does not come across much better in his encouragement of the marriage law which forced childless couples to divorce and made it very difficult for men without at least three children to achieve senatorial rank It was a particularly hypocritical law given that Augustus s own marriage was childless Nevertheless, Bleicken makes it clear in the last few chapters that Augustus is to be honoured for the creation of a political system that made ancient Rome what it was, for better or for worse Some of the most interesting chapters of the book at least for me are those in which Bleicken allowed himself to tell the scandalous bits of Augustus s story for example when Augustus married Livia she was pregnant with her previous husband s child and his own previous wife was pregnant with his own Bleicken is quick to dismiss the allegations of Livia and Tiberius s political assassinations, but he does judge Augustus s conduct in his exile of both his daughter and his granddaughter and grandson both Julias were accused of adultery and dismissed from the emperor s presence, whereas Agrippa Postumus was probably only guilty of being too young to succeed the princeps and was disposed of very quickly by Tiberius after his succession.It is telling, however, that some of the books most enjoyable chapters are not really concerned with Augustus himself Bleicken seems very fond of Augustus s close friend and loyal follower Agrippa, who was a talented military man as well as an excellent manager Agrippa was the person responsible for the construction of a great many roads, aqueducts and the enlargening and cleansing of the Cloaca Maxima Another fascinating character in the life of Augustus is the son of Livia from a previous marriage, Drusus Tiberius s younger brother He is the man responsible for exploring and conquering Germania in the name of Rome He died, aged 29, of the consequences of a broken ankle His son, Claudius his mother was the child of Augustus s sister, Octavia would become one of the Rome s most capable emperors I reached for the biography of Augustus because I had read histories from Cleopatra s perspective and Octavian had always come across as rather dull When I was visiting Rome I saw the remnants of the house of Augustus on the Palatine and I was impressed by the Apollinic motifs that he chose to represent himself with as opposed to his enemy s Bacchus I was equally fascinated by his insistence on keeping a simple lifestyle despite his enormous powers After reading Bleicken s biography I had to admit I was rather disappointed with Octavian he felt like a 20th century totalitarian dictator than the noble Roman I thought I had encountered Even Mark Antony had gained importance, at least Bleichen portrays him as an able general Mark Antony s wife and Augustus s sister, Octavia became even of a subject of admiration she tried to reconcile her husband and her brother and after the war with Cleopatra she brought up Alexandros Helios, Ptolemaios and Cleopatra Selene Octavian Augustus, in my assessment, was a lucky man and a good judge of character with an insatiable hunger for power and a good propaganda machine As such, he is perhaps not as inspiring as we would like a leader to be But perhaps that s the point He was capable, not inspiring The Roman citizens appreciated the fact that he brought stability into a highly dangerous world His successors found it hard to repeat that achievement.

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    You owe everything to your name boy Mark Antony Echoing what most reviewers have already said about this book on Augustus it is in fact not a biography This book is along the lines as already mentioned like Rome Under the reign of Augustus That would have irritated me if it had not been for how good this book was The book starts out with the assassination of Caesar on the Ides of March and describes what Gaius Octavian did after that point and how he eventually came to outsmart Mark Antony and his admiral Marcus Vipsania Agrippa defeated him at Actium and eventually drove Antony to kill himself along with Cleopatra Bleicken very clearly is an expert in his topic and writes in a very engaging manner while remaining very matter of fact about his style The book covers everything from peeling back the layers of Augustus government and had brilliant he was as a politician and a military despot which is essentially all he was But it also showed just how intelligent Augustus was with finding the balance between controlling Rome and putting laws with the help of his close group called the consilium while keeping the Senate still believing that they had any real say in the matter and ensuring they believed this farce.Lots of this book also brought back fond memories of my Roman classes at University when I learned how he had such control over the army as an administrator that he made sure all of the coins he had made and his face on them so when the soldiers were given their pay, they knew exactly who they had to thank All in all the book was very good, it is likely in the running for one of the best biographies I have read this year or have in my collection but I can certainly appreciate why someone would not like it as much as I did as the book really doesn t even talk about Augustus in a biographical sense instead, spends its time focusing on how he ran the government and how Rome as a result came to control much of the West and parts of the East.

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    This book is difficult to review It has many fascinating passages Bleicken is clearly a master historian The problem with it is it s length one feels that most of the chapters could be made significantly shorter without any of their import being lost The author s style is like that of many German stylists curiously ponderous, with a lot of seemingly pointless repetition.Additionally, while you get a real sense of what it was that Augustus did, you get very little sense of how or why In other words, the man himself is obscured by his deeds what was it about him that allowed him to exercise such influence Was he charming or intimidating Was he a master of back room deals, blackmail, or was he just lucky We are given very little sense of what the answers to these questions might be in most of the book.

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    An overall very informative and balanced overview of the life of Augustus Though the language is almost definitely too heavy for the casual reader, I would 100% recommend it for any classicist who wants to delve a little deeper into the subject or simply refresh their memory.

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    Extremely informative and clear.

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    Excellent book First and foremost, it should be noted that this is not a biography, whatever the title says It starts during the Ides of March so, as one commenter has said, is just A History of Rome Under Augustus Nevertheless the book is excellently researched, and just as well written though somewhat bizarrely all the notes are unnumbered in the actual body of the text, which I ve never come across before.Highly recommend.

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    The book is very well researched The writing is sober and matter of fact No stories, no fiction There is lots of small details about life in roman times under the emperor Augustus Some things were not interesting to me personally so I skipped some chapters, but then again other chapters were highly interesting.

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    With a translation by Anthea Bell, I was expecting a well written book and I certainly wasn t disappointed This is a fascinating, detailed, look at the life and achievements of Augustus I have learned an awful lot and am glad that I persevered through some of the heavier sections of the book.

Born To A Plebeian Family In BC, Octavian Was A Young Solder Training Abroad When He Heard News Of Julius Caesar S Brutal Assassination And Discovered That He Was The Dictator S Sole Political Heir With The Opportunism And Instinct For Propaganda That Were To Characterize His Rule, Octavian Rallied Huge Financial, Military And Political Backing To Eliminate His Opponents, End The Bloody Turmoil That Had So Long Wracked Rome And, Finally, Take Autocratic Control Of A State Devoted To Republicanism He Became Augustus Rome S First Emperor, And The Founder Of The Greatest Empire The World Had Ever SeenIn This Monumental Biography, Translated Into English For The First Time By Anthea Bell, Jochen Bleicken Tells The Story Of A Man Who Found Himself A Demi God In His Own Lifetime And Paints A Portrait Of One Of The Most Dramatic Periods Of Roman History