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By Fik Meijer

This clean and interesting booklet appears at all of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in advert 476, illuminating not just the style in their deaths yet what their ultimate days let us know approximately their lives. We additionally pay attention how the main robust place within the background of the Western global held an enduring allure, regardless of its perils, with keen applicants continuously coming ahead to grab the throne.

Very few of the Roman emperors died a traditional dying. The insane Caligula used to be murdered after leaving the theatre; Caracalla whereas he used to be relieving himself. Caesar was once stabbed twenty thrice and Otho was once dragged into the Tiber with a flesh-hook. even though nice an emperor's strength, possibility used to be ever present.

Emperors Don't Die in mattress presents a transparent historical past of the imperial succession in addition to a compelling depiction of the intrigue and drama of Roman imperial politics.

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His mother Agrippina, no angel herself, was the next victim, in March 59. His two wives, Octavia and Poppaea Sabina, were also unable to escape his cruelty. It is said that Nero personally kicked the pregnant Poppaea to death when she criticised him for coming home late from the chariot races. He was obsessed with violence. It was whispered that he would comb the streets and public houses at night with friends in order to find people to beat up. He was also no stranger to sexual violence. He was a menace to men as well as women.

The next day around noon he wanted to go to his bedchamber to rest a bit, but Parthenius, his valet, made him change his mind, with the announcement that there was someone with something very important to tell him that could not wait. A short time later Stephanus came in and said he wanted to inform the emperor of an impending conspiracy. Domitian let him in and Stephanus sat down opposite the emperor. His left hand was wrapped in a thick woollen bandage, according to Stephanus because he had been seriously wounded, but in reality in order to conceal a dagger.

In the centre of the Forum, near the Basilica Julia, knights of the imperial guard suddenly appeared. The crowd that was accompanying Galba scattered. The standard bearer of the cohort that was acting as his escort tore the medallion with Galba’s image off the standard and hurled it to the ground. The emperor sat there in his sedan chair on the Forum, trapped between the Basilica Julia and the Lacus Curtius, a defenceless old man at the mercy of his enemies. Only a few soldiers remained loyal to him.

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