War and Imperialism in Republican Rome, 327-70 B.C.

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Clarendon Press, 1985 - Fiction - 293 pages
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Between 327 and 70 B.C. the Romans expanded their empire throughout the Mediterranean world. This highly original study looks at Roman attitudes and behavior that lay behind their quest for power. How did Romans respond to warfare, year after year? How important were the material gains of military success--land, slaves, and other riches--commonly supposed to have been merely an incidental result? What value is there in the claim of the contemporary historian Polybius that the Romans were driven by a greater and greater ambition to expand their empire? The author answers these questions within an analytic framework, and comes to an interpretation of Roman imperialism that differs sharply from the conventional ones.
 

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Contents

ROMAN ATTITUDES TOWARDS WAR
9
ECONOMIC MOTIVES FOR WAR AND EXPANSION
54
EXPANSION AS A ROMAN AIM
105
ANNEXATION
131
IMPERIALISM AND SELFDEFENCE
163
ADDITIONAL NOTES
255
BIBLIOGRAPHY
274
INDEX
283
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William V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University and Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean.

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