Marcus Aurelius in the Historia Augusta and Beyond

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - History - 333 pages
This book examines the biography of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It seeks to further understand the author of the Historia Augusta alongside the reminiscences of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Geoff W. Adams arrives at this understanding through a study of a wide range of literary texts. Marcus Aurelius was a very important ruler of the Roman Empire, who has had an impact symbolically, philosophically, and historically upon how the Roman Empire has been envisioned. Adams achieves this end to bring a clearer understanding to his representation and to modern interpretations of his highly interpreted and romanticized representations in the ancient texts.

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Geoffrey Adams began his studies at the University of Queensland, where he completed his undergraduate degree and continued there until completing a Research Master of Arts in Ancient History in 2000. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide in 2005. In 2004 he commenced teaching at the University of New England, which continued until the end of 2006. He also taught as Assistant Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History at Monash University in 2007/8. His research interests include Roman Domestic Space, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roman Biography, Roman Imperial History, Roman Britain, Pyrrhus of Epirus and the design of Hellenistic Palaces. He has published six books (Power and Religious Acculturation in Romano-Celtic Society: an examination of archaeological sites in Gloucestershire, 2009; Rome and the Social Role of Élite Villas in its Suburbs, 2008; Romano-British Tombstones between the 1st and 3rd Centuries AD: Epigraphy, Gender and Familial Relations, 2007; The Roman Emperor Gaius 'Caligula' and his Hellenistic Aspirations, 2007; The Suburban Villas of Campania and their Social Function, 2006; Romano-Celtic Élites and their Religion, 2005), as well as numerous articles on topics such as, Roman Frontier Policy, curse tablets and Athenian Grave stelai.

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