Corruption and the Decline of Rome

Corruption and the Decline of Rome


By (author) Ramsay MacMullen


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 241mm x 13mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 8 August 1990
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300047991
  • ISBN 13: 9780300047998
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,620,955

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Argues that bureaucrats and military leaders acting for their own gain caused Rome to lose control of its government and decline

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Ramsay MacMullen, Dunham Professor of History and classics at Yale, here offers a new perspective on the decline and fall of Rome. He argues that a key factor in the empire's military and administrative failures was a steady loss of control over government, as its aims and focus were thwarted for private gain by officials and military men at all ranks. The fruit of a decade of research and analysis presented in an informal and lively style, this book offers the first survey of just what evidence exists for the 'decline, ' and provides a fascinating, fresh line of explanation for the empire's most obvious inadequacies in the face of its economic and military challenges.