The Death of Caligula
Translated with commentary by T. P. Wiseman
Peter Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Roman History at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy. He came to Exeter in 1977, and was Head of Department from 1977 to 1990.
Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Abbreviations and Select Bibliography Flavius Josephus, Antiquitates Iudaicae XIX 1-273 I Preface II The Conspiracy III The Assassination IV Panic on the Palatine V The Republic Restored VI Obituary VII The Claudius Coup Note on the Text Commentary Appendices: 1 The Augustan Palatine 2 Cluvius Rufus Index of Names
Full of intriguing detail ... Peter Wiseman is a learned and most engaging guide.
University of Cambridge
Those examing the earlier crisis in the imperial succession in A.D.41 will find Peter Wiseman's translation and commentary of Josephus' account of Caligula's assassination in Book 19, 1-273 of the 'Antiquities' indispensible.
Greece and Rome
Wiseman's 'Death of an Emperor' is a successful commentary on Josephus' text depicting the last dramatic days of Caligula, a remarkable turning-point in the history of the Principate. Josephus' narrative is an important historical document; for, as is well-know, Tacitus' account did not survive, Suetonius concentrates on gossip and Cassius Dio's account is late and inadequate. [ . . .] Wiseman's comments are terse, focussing attention on the essential; and his skillful translation powerfully captures the atmosphere created by Josephus.
Grazer Beitrage XIX
University of Salzburg
A guide to this significant material has long been needed and this gap has now been filled by Wiseman's admirable book. He offers a translation that is free and idiomatic - a good decision, since Jospehus' anacoloutha and corruptions made a literal rendering almost unreadable, even where the general drift is clear. [ . . .] This is a useful book, by someone who knows his topic well. It should go a long way towards making senior students recognise the historical interest of a chapter of Roman history that they might have tended to regard only as lurid and sensational.
Anthony A. Barrett Classical Review, Vol. XLII No. 2
Size: 210 x 148 mm
Publication: December 2, 2013