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Genealogy Brackets and March Madness

A genealogy included in the book "Augustus" by Richard Holland (p 333) Richard Holland lists an elder brother of Iullus Antonius named Antyllus. If the association of Iullus with Herod the Great is correct, then Antyllus would correspond to Herod's elder brother Phasael. Antyllus would also likely be the father of Vispania Agrippa (Phasaelus II).

There are excellent genealogies found in Sir Ronald Syme's classic work, "The Roman Revolution". After reading the book reviews I got the impression that this was an alternative history of the period. Probably it was at the time, however Richard Holland writes (Augustus, p x): "Syme's overall analysis continues, nevertheless, to enjoy majority support among academic historians, although some have questioned his partrician disdain for 'the mob', and for the use of the word 'revolution' to describe a change of government in which one set of rich slave-owners was replaced by another ..."

What I am finding in a fresh investigation is that Augustus was by no means a plebian, and how could he be considered as such when he was related to the ultra-patrician Julius Caesar. The Roman Revolution is readily available in paperback. I bought a copy at Borders for $21.95. But don't expect the book's narrative to present a shocking new solution. As Holland states, what once was academic vice is now a habit.

Due to the lack of good genealogies on the web, it looks like I'm going to need to compose some of my own for posting. Seems like a good thing to do while I'm watching my NCAA March Madness brackets unfold.

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