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Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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I've been a student of Greek and Roman history for many years and can truthfully say no author has captured the nuances of Roman rules more accurately than Adrian Goldsworthy.
This is a great book. An important add to anyone's library who is interested in the history of Rome. Even though it can get dry at times, I found it very enlightening.
a. Shows us the nuts and bolts of how the mighty Romans governed their widespread empire. The administration of foreign provinces was left in the usually competent hands of governors/prefects/procurators who usually did a good job in dealing with slave trade issues, local rebellions, tribal disputes and the collection of tax revenues.
b. The ancient world was a bloody arena and only those who were aggressive and warlike were able to survive. No one what better at that feat that the Romans. Social Darwinism was manifest!
c. The Roman bureaucracy and government by the Senate was very effectibve.
d. Rome kept the peace for the most part in Europe and the Middle East.
e. Major rebellions against Roman rule did occur in Spain, Gaul (Caesar was the conqueror of this vital region) Germany (the Romans were uinable to defeat them) and also in parts of Italy.
f. The Romans produced a classical literature that has withstood the test of time.
The book is well illustrated with a fine bibliography but the text is somewhat dry . Lots of funny sounding tribal and ancient names to keep track of.
Good information and a good book.
Goldsworthy has written other magisterial works. I have read two of those--biographies of Julius Caesar and Augustus. The works are exemplary and give us much detail and reflections on the outcomes of rule by both. This, too, is not just a rendering of what happened and when. There is that, but more as well. Goldsworthy steps back from time to time and reflects on the Pax Romana.
Some of the more interesting findings:
a. The Empire would leave a fair amount of administration of a newly conquered area to local rulers--if they were willing to submit to Rome and perform in accordance with the Empire's dictates and interest. It is interesting to see how many conquered peoples were willing to accept this state of affairs.
b. The Empire cut also decide to "cut and run" if the cost-benefit calculus was not attractive. For instance, withdrawing from some Germanic lands, because of the difficulty of subduing these people.
c. A willingness to be savage of an opponent resisted and the Romans had the strength to overcome them.
d. Many of the subject nations were willing to work within the Roman parameters, because they received benefits, such a better communication and economic health.
e. The surprsingly thin administrative resources of Rome. Governors were sent from Rome to exercise authority in the varios parts of the Empire. But they did not have much Roman bureaucratic infrastructure.
Goldsworthy can also assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Pax Romana. All in all, a really fine work. If you want to understand the nature of Pax Romana, this is a very fine resource.
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