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Barrett, Anthony 1941-

Works: 44 works in 283 publications in 8 languages and 12,598 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Annals and chronicles  Sources  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: DG283, 937.07092
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Most widely held works by Anthony Barrett
Caligula : the corruption of power by Anthony Barrett( Book )

66 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 3,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was the Roman emperor Caligula really the depraved despot of popular legend? In this book - the first major reassessment of Caligula's life and career in over fifty years - Anthony A. Barrett draws on archaeological, numismatic, and literary evidence to evaluate this infamous figure in the context of the system that gave him absolute power
Livia : first lady of Imperial Rome by Anthony Barrett( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 2,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Livia (58 B.C. - A.D. 29) - wife of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, and mother of the second, Tiberius - wielded power at the center of Roman politics for most of her long life. Livia has been portrayed as a cunning and sinister schemer who eliminated her opponents, both within her own family and outside of it. In this biography (the first in English devoted to her), Livia emerges as a much more complex individual - a woman who skillfully won the support and even affection of her contemporaries, and who was widely revered after her death." "Barrett here examines Livia's life and her role in Roman politics. He recounts her marriage to Augustus at the age of nineteen; her essential contributions to Augustus' initially tenuous position as ruler; her unprecedented authority during his reign; and her conflicts with Tiberius, who was unwilling to concede to his mother the kind of authority that Augustus had intended for her. Livia's remarkable life spanned two reigns that established the pattern of government for the Roman empire over the next four centuries."--Jacket
Agrippina : sex, power, and politics in the early Empire by Anthony Barrett( )

35 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 2,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the latest archaeological, numismatic, and historical evidence, Barrett argues that Agrippina has been misjudged. Although she was ambitious, says Barrett, she made her way through ability and determination rather than by sexual allure, and her political contributions to her time seem to have been positive. After Agrippina's marriage to Claudius there was a marked decline in the number of judicial executions and there was close cooperation between the Senate and the emperor; the settlement of Cologne, founded under her aegis, was a model of social harmony; and the first five years of Nero's reign, while she was still alive, were the most enlightened of his rule. According to Barrett, Agrippina's one real failing was her relationship with her son, the monster of her own making who had her murdered in horrific and violent circumstances
The annals : the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero by Cornelius Tacitus( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is a lively new translation of Cornelius Tacitus' timeless history of three of Rome's most memorable emperors. Tacitus, who condemns the depravity of these rulers, which he saw as proof of the corrupting force of absolute power, writes caustically of the brutal and lecherous Tiberius, the weak and cuckolded Claudius, and "the artist" Nero. In particular, his gripping account of the bloody reigns of Tiberius and Nero brims with plots, murder, poisoning, suicide, uprisings, death, and destruction. The Annals also provides a vivid account of the violent suppression of the revolt led by Boudicca in Britain, the great fire of Rome under Nero, and the subsequent bloody persecution of the Christians. J.C. Yardley's translation is vivid without sacrificing accuracy, and is based on the recent Latin Heubner text, with variations noted in an appendix. Anthony A. Barrett's introduction and notes provide invaluable historical and cultural context. This superb edition also includes maps, a glossary of Roman terms and place names, and a full index of names and places. - Publisher
Francis Rattenbury and British Columbia : architecture and challenge in the Imperial Age by Anthony Barrett( )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lives of the Caesars by Anthony Barrett( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lives of the Caesars tells the stories of twelve of Rome's most fascinating and influential rulers. Each chapter puts an emperor in the spotlight, from Augustus to Justinian, tracing the life of each of these dynamic but often flawed characters. The authors outline the unique features that allowed these great men to put their stamp on Roman civilization, and earn their places in history." "Replete with illustrations, a timeline of Roman history, and a chart of dynasties, Lives of the Caesars is an account of some of the most powerful leaders in the ancient world."--Jacket
The Emperor Nero : a guide to the ancient sources by Anthony Barrett( )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nero's reign (AD 54-68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians--not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the major sources for Nero's life and rule, providing students of Nero and ancient Rome with the most authoritative and accessible reader there is. The Emperor Nero features clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero. The informative introduction situates the emperor's reign within the history of the Roman Empire, and the book's concise headnotes to chapters place the source material in historical and biographical context. Passages are accompanied by detailed notes and are organized around events, such as the Great Fire of Rome, or by topic, such as Nero's relationships with his wives. Complex events like the war with Parthia--split up among several chapters in Tacitus's Annals--are brought together in continuous narratives, making this the most comprehensible and user-friendly sourcebook on Nero available."--Publisher's description
The Roman history : from Romulus and the foundation of Rome to the reign of the Emperor Tiberius by Velleius Paterculus( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essential document for the study of Roman history traces the story of Rome from Romulus and the foundations of Rome to the reign of the Emperor Tiberius. It is especially valuable to historians and students for its vivid eyewitness account of the dramatic years that saw the Roman Empire emerge from the chaos left by the shattered Republic. Rendered with the non-specialist in mind, the translation-the first English language translation in nearly ninety years-seeks to remain faithful to the original while avoiding technical and obscure jargon. The volume includes a substantial introduction
Agrippina : mother of Nero by Anthony Barrett( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Villains, not saints, are the usual stuff of legends, establishing themselves permanently in popular lore and imagination. There are fiends whose villainies are so colourful, so sinister that they both repel and fascinate. Agrippina the Younger is one such, having attained a level of power unprecedented for a woman in first century Rome by a combination of sexual exploitation and ruthless murder. She was so powerful that, after her death, no woman within the imperial family dared overtly assume a major role in political affairs for some 150 years. The ancient sources believed Agrippina plotted against her brother, murdered her husband (the emperor) and slept with her son in order to control him. But did she?" "In this dynamic new biography - the first on Agrippina in English - Professor Barrett uses the latest archaeological, numismatic and historical evidence to provide a close and detailed study of her life and career. He shows how Agrippina's political contribution to her time seems in fact to have been positive, and that when she is judged by her achievements she demands admiration. Revealing the true figure behind the propaganda and the political machinations of which she was capable, he assesses the impact of her marriage to the emperor Claudius, on the country and her family. Finally, he exposes her one real failing - her relationship with her son, the monster of her own making to whom, in horrific and violent circumstances, she would eventually fall victim."--Jacket
Caligula : the abuse of power by Anthony Barrett( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book about Rome's most infamous emperor, expert author, Stephen Dando-Collins' chronicles all the palace intrigues and murders that led to Caligula becoming emperor, and details the horrors of his manic reign and the murderous consequences brought about at the hand of his sister Agrippina the Younger, his uncle Claudius and his nephew Nero."--Provided by publisher
Tragedy in three voices : the Rattenbury murder by Michael Havers( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janus Pannonius, the epigrams by Janus( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in Latin and English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rattenbury case by Michael Havers( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Epigrams by Janus( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in 3 languages and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caligola : l'ambiguità di un tiranno by Anthony Barrett( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in Italian and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vidas de los césares( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Augusto / Werner Eck -- Tiberio / Greg Rowe -- Calígula / Anthony A. Barrett -- Claudio / Donna W. Hurley -- Nerón / Miriam T. Griffin -- Vespasiano / Barbara Levick -- Adriano / Mary T. Boatwright -- Marco Aurelio / Anthony R. Birley -- Septimio Severo / David Potter -- Diocleciano / Simon Corcoran -- Constantino / Noel Lenski -- Justiniano / James Allan Evans
Livia : primera dama de la Roma Imperial by Anthony Barrett( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tacitus - The annals by Cornelius Tacitus( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Livia : la first lady dell'impero romano by Anthony Barrett( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of the Culex by Anthony Barrett( Book )

3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Caligula : the corruption of power
Livia : first lady of Imperial RomeAgrippina : sex, power, and politics in the early EmpireThe annals : the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and NeroFrancis Rattenbury and British Columbia : architecture and challenge in the Imperial AgeLives of the CaesarsThe Roman history : from Romulus and the foundation of Rome to the reign of the Emperor Tiberius
Alternative Names
Barrett, A. A. 1941-

Barrett, Anthony

Barrett, Anthony 1941-

Barrett, Anthony A.

Barrett, Anthony A. 1941-

Barrett, Anthony A. (Anthony Arthur), 1941-

Barrett, Anthony Arthur

Barrett, Anthony Arthur 1941-