War and Imperialism in Republican Rome 327-70 B.C

Paperback | June 1, 1985

byWilliam V. Harris

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Between 327 and 70 B.C. the Romans expanded their empire throughout the Mediterranean world. This highly original study looks at Roman attitudes and behavior that lay behind their quest for power. How did Romans respond to warfare, year after year? How important were the material gains of military success--land, slaves, and other riches--commonly supposed to have been merely an incidental result? What value is there in the claim of the contemporary historian Polybius that the Romans were driven by a greater and greater ambition to expand their empire? The author answers these questions within an analytic framework, and comes to an interpretation of Roman imperialism that differs sharply from the conventional ones.

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Between 327 and 70 B.C. the Romans expanded their empire throughout the Mediterranean world. This highly original study looks at Roman attitudes and behavior that lay behind their quest for power. How did Romans respond to warfare, year after year? How important were the material gains of military success--land, slaves, and other riche...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:June 1, 1985Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198148666

ISBN - 13:9780198148661

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Table of Contents

Roman attitudes towards war; Economic motives for war and expansion; Expansion as a Roman aim; Annexation; Imperialism and Self-Defence; Additional Notes

Editorial Reviews

"Marks a major advance in our understanding of Roman imperialism."--Times Literary Supplement
"Recommended for undergraduate and research libraries....All subsequent studies of Roman imperialism will have to take account of this book."--Choice