Willemijn van Dijk

Willemijn van Dijk (b. 1984) is an ancient historian and writer. She also studied Italian language and literature. After university, she worked as deputy editor of The Taste of Italy; in 2012 she started blogging about Rome and antiquity. In her previous book, the acclaimed Via Roma, The history of Rome in 50 streets, she covers the centuries-old history of this city on the banks of the Tiber. Rights have been sold to Germany (DVA) and the U.S.A. (Baylor UP).

The Successor

The Successor

Tiberius and the triumph of the Roman Empire

(Ambo Anthos, 2017, 215 pages)

Ever since antiquity, the Roman Emperor Tiberius has had a bad press, not only because his achievements paled beside those of his predecessor Augustus who vigorously transformed republican Rome into an empire, but also because he was reputed to be deeply unpleasant. The Roman historians Tacitus and Suetonius painted him as bad-tempered, arrogant, excessively brutal and a dipsomaniac.

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