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All About History Annual

All About History Annual All About History Annual Vol 3

Retelling the true stories behind history’s most memorable events, the All About History Annual will transport you back in time. Discover the bloodthirstiness of the tyrannical Vlad the Impaler, ponder the origins of the ancient city of Petra and take a look at the strange ways Victorians dealt with their mortality. Grasp the impact and legacy of monarchs like Cleopatra, Bloody Mary and Louis XIV. Uncover the bizarre rituals and cults of Ancient Rome, follow an account of Hannibal Barca’s quest for vengeance and reveal the origins of the world’s greatest sporting event: the Olympic Games. Then, for some light relief, we lift the lid on the machinations of the various secret service agencies, from the CIA to the KGB. This collection gathers together all the best content from the magazine over the past year, so sit back and immerse yourself in the highlights and low points of our tumultuous past.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$12.79(Incl. tax)

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1 min.
all about history annual

Retelling the true story behind history’s most memorable events, All About History Annual will transport you back in time. Discover the cruelty of the tyrant Emperor Nero, ponder the origins of Stonehenge and take an alphabetic tour of the British Empire. Grasp the impact and legacy of political figures like Churchill, Guy Fawkes and Chairman Mao. Uncover the gruesome death rituals of Ancient Egypt, follow a blow-by-blow account of Martin Luther King Jr’s tragic assassination and reveal the devastation of deadly disasters like Pompeii. Then, for some light relief, we lift the lid on the lifestyles of the rich and famous; what was daily life like for Silk Road traders and what became of celebrities William Shakespeare and Charlie Chaplin? This collection gathers together all the best content from the…

14 min.
nero rome’s deadliest tyrant

Emperor Nero was going to die. The senate had ordered his death, and the last remnant of control he had was to claim his death himself. Nero paced back and forth muttering the same words over and over again: “What an artist dies in me.” All his friends had abandoned him, and his own dark acts had led him to this spot, to this moment, but still he refused to acknowledge it. He wasn’t a ruthless killer, he was just misunderstood – an artist. What a pity for the world to lose such a remarkable artist. In the distance, he heard the rumble of hooves: they were coming for his blood but he would not give it to them. They had called him greedy, frivolous, self indulgent and now he would…

2 min.
5 most murderous emperors

NERO 15 DEC 37 CE _ D.9 JUN 68 CE 13 OCT 54 CE _ 9 JUN 68 CE Nero’s tyrannical reputation is well earned – not only did he direct his murderous intents towards innocent Christians, beginning a tradition of torture and persecution that would last hundreds of years, but he also killed those closest to him. NOTABLE MURDER MOTHER NAME: AGRIPPINA REASON: TO STOP HER INTERFERING IN HIS PERSONAL AFFAIRS. METHOD OF EXECUTION: UNKNOWN BUT IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED NERO ORDERED ASSASSINS TO DISPOSE OF HER. TIBERIUS B.16 NOV 42 BCE _ D.16 MAR 37 CE 18 SEP 14 CE _ 16 MAR 37 CE Accounts of Tiberius’s murderous streak differ – some sources claim only four innocents died under his reign. However, others paint the picture of a ruthless emperor, killing anyone he suspected of plotting against him, leaving…

2 min.
did nero start the great fire?

Expert bio: Miriam Griffin studied at Barnard College, New York, and at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she read Greats. She served as tutorial fellow in Ancient History at Somerville College for 35 years until 2002. After retirement, she edited The Classical Quarterly. In 2008, Griffin was Langford Eminent Scholar at Florida State University. She is the author of books on Seneca and Nero, and has written extensively on Roman philosophy. Was Nero responsible for the Great Fire? The rumour of Nero’s responsibility for the fire of 64 CE goes back to his reign, for one of those who conspired against him a year later, when interrogated, reproached him with it. In fact, the rumour is contemporary with the event, if the historian Tacitus is right to say that it was in order…

3 min.
the domus aurea

Nero’s self indulgence is no well kept secret, the emperor did not shrink at the idea of spending enormous amounts on himself while his subjects suffered. After the great fire of 64 CE destroyed vast areas of land, Nero saw an opportunity to build the grandest palace the world had ever seen. Nero seized this land, actually owned by several aristocrats, and set about building his dream home – the Domus Aurea or ‘Golden House’. Enlisting the help of the celebrated architect Severus and the engineer Celer, Nero created a pleasure palace unlike any seen before. The vast complex included landscaped gardens, a huge man-made lake and an imperial retreat with 150 beautifully decorated rooms. Glimmering with delicate gold leaf, semi-precious stones and ivory, upon the project’s completion Nero proclaimed, “Now…

3 min.
day in the life : ancient sea peoples

During the golden years of the Hittite and Egyptian civilisations, there was one threat that simply would not go away. The Sea Peoples were the pirates of their day and terrorised the most powerful societies of the ancient world. They were a nomadic civilisation, plundering across the Mediterranean and migrating to suit their needs. More powerful on the ocean than on land, the Sea Peoples never truly stamped their authority, and as a result their real nationality and ethnicity remain unknown. One thing is for sure: they were a thorn in the side of anyone that crossed them. RISE AND SHINE An early wake-up call was essential. Competition for food and other resources was fierce, so getting up at the crack of dawn and swiftly heading out on coracle boats significantly increased…