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Roman Imperialism: Readings and Sources

Roman Imperialism: Readings and Sources

Paperback Interpreting Ancient History (Paperback)

Edited by Craige B. Champion

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  • Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 244mm x 25mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 14 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0631231196
  • ISBN 13: 9780631231196
  • Illustrations note: 12
  • Sales rank: 303,394

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This broad-ranging reader on Roman imperialism brings together ancient documents in translation and a selection of the best recent scholarly essays, in order to introduce students to the major problems and controversies in studying this central aspect of Roman history. It introduces students to the major problems and controversies in the study of Roman imperialism. It examines diverse aspects of Roman imperialism, from the Romans' motivations in acquiring an empire and their ideological justifications for imperial domination, to the complex political, economic, and cultural interactions between the Romans, their allies, and the subjected peoples. It gives an introduction that surveys modern work on Roman imperialism and provides the context of recent theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of empires in general. It includes notes with suggestions for further reading.

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Craige B. Champion is Assistant Professor of Ancient History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has published numerous articles on ancient history and historiography and is the author of a forthcoming book entitled, Cultural Politics in Polybius' Histories.

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"A solid production that would serve as a good textbook for an introductory, semester-long course on Roman imperialism. Its usefulness as a teaching resource is enhanced by the presence of a glossary and a very full index." Scholia

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Rome was founded as a tiny city-state on the Tiber, yet by the first century bc it ruled nearly the entire Mediterranean world. This broad-ranging reader on Roman imperialism brings together ancient documents in translation and a selection of the best recent scholarly essays, in order to introduce students to the major problems and controversies in studying this central aspect of Roman history. This book examines diverse aspects of Roman imperialism, from the Romans' motivations in acquiring an empire and their ideological justifications for imperial domination, to the complex political, economic, and cultural interactions between the Romans, their allies, and the subjected peoples. An introduction surveys modern work on Roman imperialism within the framework of recent theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of empires in general.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction: The Study of Roman Imperialism: Craige B. Champion and Arthur M. Eckstein. 1. The Growth of Roman Power and Imperial Motivations. 2. Political, Social, and Economic Consquences of Empire. 3. Ideology and Government of Empire. 4. "Romanization": Cultural Assimilation, Hydridization, and Resistance. 5. The Frontier: Strategy and Defense of Empire. Glossary. Index.