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    DescriptionThe Roman Empire is widely admired as a model of civilisation. However, in this compelling new study Neil Faulkner argues that in fact, it was nothing more than a ruthless system of robbery and violence. War was used to enrich the state, the imperial ruling classes and favoured client groups. In the process millions of people were killed or enslaved. Within the empire the landowning elite creamed off the wealth of the countryside to pay taxes to the state and fund the towns and villas where they lived. The masses of people - slaves, serfs and poor peasants - were victims of a grand exploitation that made the empire possible. This system, riddled with tension and latent conflict, contained the seeds of its own eventual collapse.


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    Title
    Rome
    Subtitle
    Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC -- AD 476
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil Faulkner
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 742 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780582784956
    ISBN 10: 0582784956
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
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    DC22: 937.06
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    LC classification: DG270 .F38 2008
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    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    LONGMAN
    Publication date
    01 February 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Neil Faulkner is a freelance archaeologist and historian. He works as a writer, lecturer, excavator, and occasional broadcaster. Educated at King's College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, he is now a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Editor of Military History Monthly, and a Lecturer for NADFAS. He co-directs the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (in Norfolk), the Great Arab Revolt Project (in Jordan), and the Great War Archaeology Group (a field unit specialising in First World War archaeology).
    Review quote
    "Neil Faulkner's dynamic and provocative new history proves that there is a fresh, exciting new perspective to be found... the narative is compelling." - History Today May 2008
    Back cover copy
    "A thrilling and often corruscating fusion of narrative with scholarship. The Romans have rarely before seemed quite so terrifying."Tom Holland, author of "Rubicon: th"e Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic"" (2004). "In this dramatically provocative new account the ""Roman Empire ""is a bloodthirsty capitalist superstate whose plutocratic stakeholders bled dry untold millions of slaves and serfs, and ethnically cleansed millions more, only to implode exhausted by its merciless policy of ruthless expansionism. Dr Faulkner, for whom Augustus was 'a truly disgusting man', never sits on the fence - this unashamedly partisan book is a must for anyone who wants to be challenged and outraged by our familiar image of Rome's contribution to world history."Guy de la Bedoyere, co-presenter of Channel 4's 'Time Team'. The Roman Empireis widely admired as a model of civilisation. In this compelling new study Neil Faulkner argues that in fact it was a ruthless system of robbery and violence. War was used to enrich the state, the imperial ruling classes and favoured client groups. In the process millions of people were killed or enslaved. Within the empire the state and the landowning elite creamed off taxes and rents from the countryside to fund their army, their towns, and their villas. The mass of people - slaves, serfs, poor peasants - were the victims of the exploitation that made the empire possible. This system, riddled with tension and latent conflict, contained the seeds of its own eventual collapse from the outset.
    Table of contents
    Chronology Introduction 1. The Rise of a Superpower, c.650-275 BC 2. The Struggle for World Supremacy, c. 275-146 BC 3. The Warlords Divided, c.146-30 BC 4. The Empire at Bay, c.30 BC-AD138 5. The Empire Under Siege, c.AD138-284 6. The Late Roman Counter-Revolution, c. AD284-395 7. The Fall of the Roman Empire, c. AD395-565 Conclusion