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The World of Rome (Meridian) Paperback – March 1, 1987
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Grant does have a slightly annoying habit of someone who has had lots of time to read and sometimes feels the need to make a comparison to a modern writer like Kipling for no apparent reason. A look at the long list of books he has written is indicative of a man who is indeed very well-read but perhaps has written too much. Yet in discussing Rome, Grant is clearly at the core of his expertise.
The Senate monopolized power in Rome. Sulla used his power to shape up of the Senate oligarchy. After him political affairs were corrupt, chaotic, violent. Caesar became dictator for life, Augustus managed to institute a constitutional settlement. The Senate of the emperors undertook a good deal of business. Most rulers tried to maintain the republican facade.
Communication in the empire was possible because there was an amazingly comprehensive network of roads. Tax collection in the provinces was delegated to tax farmers. Xenophobia was not prevalent in Rome. People of the western provinces became Romanized. Roman rule was tolerable because it carried with it the gift of peace. Greeks welcomed the imperial system. The Romans found it convenient to retain the city-states. Military crises caused Rome to interfere with the self-government of the provincial cities in 300 A.D. There was interregional commerce. Trade joined agriculture as primary factors in the economy. The social pyramid was high and steep. Roman citizenship had been held by the free Romans. It was extended to all Italians living south of the Po.Read more ›