A Study in Resentment

Gregorio Maranon, Sir Ronald Syme


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Originally published in its original Spanish language in 1939 and first translated into English in 1956, this is an unforgettable biography of the Roman Emperor Tiberius (42 B.C.-37 A.D.), who succeeded Augustus as emperor, and his pathological resentment of one and all.


Gregorio Maranon:
GREGORIO MARAÑÓN Y POSADILLO (19 May 1887 - 27 March 1960) was a Spanish physician, scientist, historian, writer and philosopher. Born in Madrid, Spain, Marañón is considered one of the most brilliant Spanish intellectuals of the 20th century. He received a Special Recognition award for his degree in 1910, and Special Recognition for his Doctorate in 1911, having already published several medical articles in various journals. His work as a scientist and researcher focused mainly on the study of infectious diseases and endocrinology, which gained him great international prestige. Marañón first biographical historical essays were published in the 1930s: Henry IV of Castile and His Times (1930), Amiel: A Study on Shyness (1932), and Tiberius: A Story of Resentment (1939). He also published moral essays, including Three Essays on Sex Life (1926). He married Dolores Moya in 1911, and the couple had four children: Carmen, Belén, María Isabel and Gregorio. Marañón died in Madrid in 1960, at the age of 72.

Sir Ronald Syme, OM, FBA (March 11, 1903 - September 4, 1989) was a New Zealand-born historian and classicist. Long associated with Oxford University, he is widely regarded as the 20th century’s greatest historian of ancient Rome. His great work was The Roman Revolution (1939), a masterly and controversial analysis of Roman political life in the period following the assassination of Julius Caesar. Prof. Syme was knighted in 1959.