Pax Romana

Pax Romana

War, Peace, and Conquest in the Roman World

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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.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780300178821
Branch Call Number: 937.06 GOLDS
Characteristics: ix, 513 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Aug 21, 2017

I've read many histories of Rome and its Empire and this book offers many interesting tidbits of life in the provinces during the Pax Romana. However, this book needed more editing since the author tended to repeat himself throughout the book.

Aug 03, 2016

Now this appears to be a most interesting book I greatly look forward to reading.
Prof. Joseph Tainter's outstanding paper on complex problem-solving and sustainability made me rethink all the revisionistic nonsense I had read about the Roman Empire - - their super-rich bled their people dry, and greatly appeared to lead to the Roman Empire's collapse - - sound familiar?


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