Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Establishing the Flavian dynasty: The fortuitous ascent of Vespasian and Titus
by Andress, Laurie Ellen, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 78; 1486470
Abstract (Summary)

In A.D. 69, the Roman Empire was faced with a civil war due to the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. With the help of the Flavian amid and his son Titus, Vespasian defeated the armies of the new emperor Vitellius and officially started the Flavian dynasty. By utilizing ancient and modern sources, one can see that Vespasian and Titus had an interdependent relationship that was based on Vespasian's seniority and Titus' ambition. The Flavian amici supported both men and helped propel the Flavians to success by aiding both their careers and military endeavors during the civil war. By studying Vespasian's and Titus' upbringing, early careers, their experiences during the civil war, and the first years of Vespasian's reign, it is clear that the Flavian dynasty depended on the support of their political allies and a carefully developed image of a stable dynasty.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hood, David
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ancient history
Keywords: Roman Empire
Publication Number: 1486470
ISBN: 9781124251622
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