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An interesting and readable book on an obscure but famous Roman,
This review is from: Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania (Hardcover)
This is an interesting and readable book on an obscure but famous Roman, remembered mainly for dying young and leaving a more famous brother (Tiberius) and son (Claudius). He was also, by his elder son, grandfather of Caligula and of Agrippina, mother of Nero. So, his step-father was the Emperor Augustus, his elder brother was the Emperor Tiberius, his grandson was the Emperor Caligula, his second son was the Emperor Claudius, and his great-grandson was the Emperor Nero. And yet this is the first full biography of him.
Nero Claudius Drusus (but named Decimus Claudius Drusus when born), was the son of Livia by an earlier marriage. He was born in 38 BC, and was raised by his father until his death five years later, at which time Drusus and his brother Tiberius returned to their mother, who had married Octavian shortly after Drusus's birth (divorcing his father first, of course). Drusus's military career was spent campaigning successfully in Germany, hence his title of Germanicus.
This is an interesting study of the life of, in his day, an important roman figure. The book covers in detail his campaigns in Germany, as well as his civic life, and is well-worth reading for the civic details that are normally overlooked by military writers, and the military details normally overlooked by the civic/general writers.
The Contents are –
P001: Drusus the Youth
P018: Drusus the Soldier
P049: Drusus the Builder
P068: Drusus the Explorer
P081: Drusus the Commander
P100: Drusus the Consul
P109: Drusus the Hero
P144: Various appendices (including a family tree, which doesn’t help if you don’t know who people are)
Plus 30pp of forewords, maps (12pp), chronology, etc.; as well as illustrations in the text and16 pages of photographs.