pax and the Politics of Peace: Republic to Principate by Hannah Cornwellpax and the Politics of Peace: Republic to Principate by Hannah Cornwell

pax and the Politics of Peace: Republic to Principate

byHannah Cornwell

Hardcover | August 19, 2017

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Perhaps in defiance of expectations, Roman peace (pax) was a difficult concept that resisted any straightforward definition: not merely denoting the absence or aftermath of war, it consisted of many layers and associations and formed part of a much greater discourse on the nature of power andhow Rome saw her place in the world. During the period from 50 BC to AD 75 - covering the collapse of the Republic, the subsequent civil wars, and the dawn of the Principate - the traditional meaning and language of peace came under extreme pressure as pax was co-opted to serve different strands ofpolitical discourse. This volume argues for its fundamental centrality in understanding the changing dynamics of the state and the creation of a new political system in the Roman Empire, moving from the debates over the content of the concept in the dying Republic to discussion of its deployment inthe legitimization of the Augustan regime, first through the creation of an authorized version controlled by the princeps and then the ultimate crystallization of the pax augusta as the first wholly imperial concept of peace. Examining the nuances in the various meanings, applications, and contextsof Roman discourse on peace allows us valuable insight into the ways in which the dynamics of power were understood and how these were contingent on the political structures of the day. However it also demonstrates that although the idea of peace came to dominate imperial Rome's self-representation,such discourse was nevertheless only part of a wider discussion on the way in which the Empire conceptualized itself.
Hannah Cornwell received her doctorate in Ancient History from Brasenose College, University of Oxford. She is currently a Lecturer in Ancient History and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Birmingham, as well as a non-stipendiary Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies in London. She has previously worked as a re...
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Title:pax and the Politics of Peace: Republic to PrincipateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:August 19, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

FrontmatterList of IllustrationsList of TablesList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Roman Imperialism and the Meaning of Peace1. The Meaning of paxPerceptions of Peacepax in the Landscape of the RepublicThe Visual Language of paxThe Development of pax2. Peace in Civil WarShifts in Political LanguageVisions and Versions of pax- Possibilities of negotiating peace- Debates on the meaning of paxThe Victory of Peace3. Peace over Land and SeaThe Rhetoric of terra marique and orbis terrarum- The Sicilian prelude- The commemorations of 29 BCA City of Victory and Peace over Land and Sea4. Peace in the New Age of AugustusThe Year of 'Returns'- Mars Ultor- The Parthian arch- The arch and the aedes VestaeThe Perpetuation of Peace5. The pax augustaThe Altar of Augustan Peace- Archaeological remains and locationThe Meaning(s) of the ara Pacis Augustae- Pax Augusta and Roma Victrix- Rome s past and the pax deorum- Religion, statecraft, and the Pax AugustaDedications to Augustan Peace outside Rome6. Conclusion: From pax augusta to pax RomanaEndmatterBibliographyIndex