Friday, September 30, 2005

Barbara Levick

Barbara Levick (born 1932) is one of Britain's foremost ancient historians. She was educated at (Click link for more info and facts about St. Hugh's College, Oxford) St. Hugh's College, Oxford, and, since 1959, has been a Fellow of (Click link for more info and facts about St. Hilda's College, Oxford) St. Hilda's College, Oxford (now emeritus). She is a prolific writer and occasional broadcaster on Roman history.

Levick is best known to the general public for her biographies of Roman emperors:

(Roman Emperor after his nephew Caligula was murdered; consolidated the Empire and conquered southern Britain; was poisoned by his fourth wife Agrippina after her son Nero was named as Claudius' heir (10 BC to AD 54)) Claudius (1990)

(Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)) Nero

The Year of the Four Emperors (2000)
(Son-in-law of Augustus who became a suspicious tyrannical Emperor of Rome after a brilliant military career (42 BC to AD 37)) Tiberius the Politician

(Emperor of Rome and founder of the Flavian dynasty who consolidated Roman rule in Germany and Britain and reformed the army and brought prosperity to the empire; began the construction of the Colosseum (9-79)) Vespasian (1999)