Blood of the Caesars: How the Murder of Germanicus Led to the Fall of Rome

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 26, 2008 - History - 273 pages
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Could the killing of Germanicus Julius Caesar—the grandson of Mark Antony, adopted son of the emperor Tiberius, father of Caligula, and grandfather of Nero—while the Roman Empire was still in its infancy have been the root cause of the empire's collapse more than four centuries later? This brilliant investigation of Germanicus Caesar’s death and its aftermath is both a compelling history and first-class murder mystery with a plot twist Agatha Christie would envy.
  

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Reads like a soap opera so people who usually shy away from history books who say they are boring would enjoy the book. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Murder of Germanicus Caesar
5
The Immediate Aftermath
15
The Return to Rome
25
Piso Returns
33
Motives for Murder
37
The Murder Trial Begins
67
Prosecution and Defense
77
The Murder of Claudius
149
The Murder of Britannicus
159
The Claims of Germanicuss Quaestor
165
The Murder of Neros Mother
171
Death for Burrus and Octavia
185
The Plot to Murder Nero
193
The End of Nero
205
Unmasking Germanicuss Murderers
211

Destroying the Family of Germanicus
89
The Downfall of Sejanus
109
The Germanicus Emperor
125
The Murder of Caligula
133
The New Germanicus Emperor
141
How the Murder Was Carried Out
223
Notes
235
Bibliography
255
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Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome, Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable Fourteenth Legion, Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar, and Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an Apostle and Created an Emperor. He is an Australian-born researcher, editor, and author who has spent the last three decades identifying and studying the individual legions of the Roman army of the late Republic and the empire of the Caesars.

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