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Lester younger fading away in a lodge room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of latest York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk growing his personal deepest language at the piano...In 8 poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully inspires the embattled lives of the avid gamers who formed glossy jazz. He attracts on pictures and anecdotes, yet tune is the driver of yet attractive and Dyer brings it to lifestyles in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of every musician's sort.

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21 There can be little doubt that such stories, handed down as popular lore from generation to generation, would have influenced attitudes about the deaths of Augustus and Claudius who, it was assumed, had similarly to make way for Livia’s son Tiberius and Agrippina’s son Nero. While it is clear that throughout Roman history a number of women had in one particular or another anticipated Agrippina, it was not until the final century of the republic that a real prototype for the powerful political woman emerged.

Despite a traditional antipathy towards the notion of kingship, Romans did make considerable allowance for the principle of heredity in public life. Throughout their history certain family names had constantly reappeared in the record, the Claudii, the Aemilii, the Cornelii and others, families that had almost reserved for themselves the consulate, whose sons, for all intents and purposes, would eventually succeed their fathers in office. Powerful families that did not have male issue would have recourse to adoption to create an artificial male line.

She did have a sister. Unfortunately, Julia the Younger chose to follow in their mother Julia’s footsteps, which not unexpectedly also led to her mother’s fate. 33 Julia the Younger was married to Lucius Aemilius Paullus, consul in AD 1 and they produced a daughter Aemilia Lepida but beyond this we know very little of her earlier life, apart from Pliny’s remark that Julia owned the largest house in Rome and the smallest dwarf. Tacitus informs us that she was convicted of adultery (in AD 8) and exiled to Trimerus off the Apulian coast, where she was sustained by allowances from Livia until her death twenty years later.

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