Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

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Yale University Press, Sep 6, 2016 - History - 528 pages
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A groundbreaking and comprehensive history of the Roman Peace from one of the leading historians of the ancient world

Best-selling author Adrian Goldsworthy turns his attention to the Pax Romana, the famous peace and prosperity brought by the Roman Empire at its height in the first and second centuries AD. Yet the Romans were conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Atlantic coast. Ruthless, Romans won peace not through coexistence but through dominance; millions died and were enslaved during the creation of their empire.

Pax Romana examines how the Romans came to control so much of the world and asks whether traditionally favorable images of the Roman peace are true. Goldsworthy vividly recounts the rebellions of the conquered, examining why they broke out, why most failed, and how they became exceedingly rare. He reveals that hostility was just one reaction to the arrival of Rome and that from the outset, conquered peoples collaborated, formed alliances, and joined invaders, causing resistance movements to fade away.

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Introduction A Glory Greater than
The Rise of Rome
Friends and Rivals
Traders and Settlers
How much did you make? Government
Provincials and Kings
Life under Roman Rule
The Army and the Frontiers
Garrisons and Raids
Beyond the Pax Romana
Conclusion Peace and

Resistance Rioting and Robbery
Imperial Governors

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About the author (2016)

Adrian Goldsworthy is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including biographies of Julius Caesar and Augustus. He lectures widely and consults on historical documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. He lives in the UK.

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