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Download Book Ä Pax Romana 513 pages ☆ 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 conuerors imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates to the AtlaBest 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 conuerors imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Atlantic coast R Once again Goldsworthy reveals the incredible depth and breadth of his knowledge focusing this time on the theme of Roman Peace It is a fascinating book on a theme I have not seen addressed in this manner before Perhaps this is because the idea of Empire continues to hold negative connotations and Goldsworthy instead aims to show that a system based on simple brutality could never have retained control of such vast areas varied peoples and over such a long amount of timePeace here is not uite as we imagine it to be full of ualifications and than a few skirmishes Yet Goldsworthy makes clear that the Romans did create a system of mutual benefit of alliances and of balance that allowed peace and prosperity to a greater extent than could otherwise have existed The most important factor seems to be been the multitude of different types of relationships between Rome and its subject territories Rome did not have the desire or the manpower to permanently garrison each and every controlled area so it was in those connections that peace was maintained or otherwise Even within the ruling elites the network of friendships and debts formed a real part of how the system of government was run Many people wanted to become Roman citizens it was an avenue of opportunity that offered numerous benefits It is significant that Rome offered this to some unlike the insular Greece and part of why in the end Rome was destroyed by outside forces rather than overwhelming internal revolt That is not to say the power politics based on fear were absent Indeed one significant factor in peaceful relations within the empire and around it seemed to be that Rome held the biggest stick and could use that position as a deterrent or to broker relationships between other warring territories Roman soldiers were not idle and violence remained a useful toolOverall a genuinely compelling well researched and well argued book a great addition to Goldsworthy's Roman seriesMany thanks to Adrian Goldsworthy Yale University Press and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review

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Nts the rebellions of the conuered examines why they broke out why most failed and how they became exceeding rare He reveals that hostility was just one reaction to the arrival of Rome and that from the outset conuered peoples collaborated formed alliances and joined invaders causing resistance movements to fade aw Arrggh Adrian Goldsworthy This is the third book of his I've read which normally would indicate that I think rather well of the author Yeah normally that's the case But it's not the case with Goldsworthy I mean I liked the first book of his I read The Punic Wars His tome on the Fall of the Roman Empire was well it was informative but it was less than the sum of its parts But this one? Notice how the first word in the review is Arrggh? Yeah Here's what separates a Goldsworthy book from one I'd normally appreciate Take the other book and throw out its intro and conclusion Then go to each chapter and throw out the intro and summary sections of each chapter Then go to each part of the chapter and get rid of anything which makes the key point for each portion What's left is just a giant pile of info without any real context or clear point it's making It's just information That's a Goldsworthy bookAnd there's value in knowing about stuff Clearly that's the foundation upon which we build all other knowledge But it's just the foundation Most books worth a damn realize you build on that foundation and make a point out of it You have a central idea you try to convey Not our man Goldsworthy He just piles shovel ful after shovel ful of stuff at you For much of the book I found myself wondering OK that's nice but why is that important? What's your point? Why is that worth noting? And cricket sounds This wasn't a big deal with the Punic Wars book because that had a clear narrative which the stuff centered around The Decline book also had a narrative though it wasn't very clear until the end why he thought Rome fell Here? Nah there really isn't any narrative at all And with neither a clear narrative nor a clear point it's hard to really give a damn Also it takes soooooo long for this damn book to even get to the Pax I've traditionally heard of the Pax Romana being from when Augusts took power ending the era of Roman civil wars until the death of Marcus Aureilius This book is 40% of the way in before Augustus shows up So it's stuff without a narrative or point that isn't even about the Pax As for Goldsworthy's points to the extent they even exist he is pro Rome He thinks they ushered in an era of unparalleled peace in the Mediterranean world Sure they were ruthless and bloody in conuering it but Goldsworthy contends that didn't separate the Romans from everyone else They were just better at it Other groups constantly fought and did atrocities and no one was really bothered by Rome doing it because they all did Early on there were revolts and rebellions Usually a big one happened a generation after an area's conuest But then people got used to it Things settled down There would be banditry in the outlying mountainous areas but that was about it The Jews had the longest tradition of resistance in the 60s then again from 115 117 and 132 135 but even they settled down And because the Pax lasted so damn long everyone got acclimated to Rome In fact when Rome had its problems in the 3rd century it's worthy noting there were virtually no rebellions breaking out against them Under Augustus there was constant war More territory was taken by him than by anyone else he finished up Iberia took to the Alpa and in the Balkans went up the Danube His forces crossed the Rhine it didn't take and went down the Nile to minimal gains The Druids were disliked because they had an alternate judicial system in which locals saw legitimacy Often the rebellions against Rome were led by Rome's allies during the wars of conuest Those allies didn't expect conuest They expected Rome to help them beat their old traditional enemies but ended up hoisted by their own petard The provinces rarely thought of themselves as a singular people in that province Governors were supposed to look for Christians but if they didn't want to no one worried about it The local elite were gradually given citizenship The pace of change was slower in the countryside Rome had the biggest professional army in European history until the French Revolution It gained this size under Augustus The merchants would often follow the army on its campaigns There was a deep longing to be Roman across much of the empire into the 5th century So yeah there is information here But it's often frustrating to figure out what point if any Goldsworthy is trying to make

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Pax RomanaUthless 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 recou A well paced and clearly written piece on the existence of such a thing as Pax Romana Roman Peace under the rule of the Empire Filled with many bits of interesting information and painting at times a detailed picture of the lives of Roman citizens or not so citizens it's a worthy read for anyone interested in the period