Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World (Hardcover)

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This was a fascinating look at the idea of Roman peace. How they understood it, implemented it, and what agreements they made to ensure it. The Romans didn't have the manpower to garrison their entire empire and so through carefully crafted negotiations with allies and neighbors they were able to ensure a kind of peace. Warfare never ended, but it also didn't consume the Roman Empire. So, if the political side of the Romans failed in keeping peace, then they brought out the side that carried the big stick and sustained their style of peace. They knew that brutality couldn't hold the empire together, it took many relationships to help Rome grow. Such a well researched topic and so fascinating to read--I can always trust that Adrian Goldsworthy will put out a great read.

— Jason Kennedy


A groundbreaking and comprehensive history of the Roman Peace from one of the leading historians of the ancient world

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.

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including biographies of Julius Caesar and Augustus. He lectures widely and consults on historical documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. He lives in the UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300178821
ISBN-10: 0300178824
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 528
Language: English