Roman Imperial Themes

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byP. A. Brunt

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This book comprises sixteen articles published over thirty years, with supplements including two additional essays. Its range is broad, from discussions of Rome's aspirations to world dominion, to studies of provincial administration. The results of these studies suggest that Roman rule wasnot endeared to the subjects by the lightness of the burdens imposed, nor by the integrity and professional competence of the administrators; both have often been overestimated. The higher orders among the conquered peoples, however, were eventually reconciled by the Roman policy of assimilatingthem to Romans, and entrusting to them control of local affairs and an increasing influence in central government. Though the attitude of the masses to the empire is virtually unknowable, there was, except in Judaea, no national resistance comparable to that in the British empire, a theoryillustrated by detailed consideration of the first-century revolts in Gaul and Judaea. About one-third of the contents of this volume is new.

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This book comprises sixteen articles published over thirty years, with supplements including two additional essays. Its range is broad, from discussions of Rome's aspirations to world dominion, to studies of provincial administration. The results of these studies suggest that Roman rule wasnot endeared to the subjects by the lightness ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:558 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'This updating makes the book indispensable ... No scholar still active in the field of Roman history has done more than Brunt to refute error, to establish truth, and to see how the Roman Empire actually worked. For some forty years he has stuck to his last, supremely professional, lettingthe lucida tela diei iinto some of the dark places of imperial history. Three generations of scholars are already in his debt, as their successors will also be.'Colin Wells, Trinity University, Texas, EHR Jan. 92