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 and examines 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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I have read (listened) all his Rome books. They are all good to very good but this is over the top wonderful. This is Rome at 20,000 feet with occasional landings. But he at his best in contrasting our view of things with 2016 eyes with how things were perceived over the last 1000 years. Sure Romans had terrible maps but so did Napoleon. This is a wonderful book which is better digested after reading a few of the earlier works. Bravo.
I was dissapointed not to find more on agriculture. The entire Roman empire was made possible by agricultual surpluses and almost all residents in Roman lands were producing food. Were the people better fed clothed and shelterred as a result of the imperium? I remember one paper that mentioned rural people grew taller and more healthy after Rome itself was reduced from 500,000 to 50,000 population. More food available to those who produced it?
I am glad there are writers like Adrian Goldsworthy for Roman history to read . Very interesting and well narrated as well, so makes it a pleasure to listen to .
Hes an excellent writer and historian, well balanced and realistic.
this book however, has too much recycled material from his other books and some of the lengthy chapters are badly organized...especially 8 and 9..those chapters wore me out
the chapter on cicero's governorship are interesting
the intro and the conclusion are his same warning hes used in other books not to use rome as a lens for today etc etc etc
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