Rome

Rome : Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC -- AD 476

By (author) Neil Faulkner

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The 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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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 32mm | 762.03g
  • 01 Feb 2008
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LONGMAN
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0582784956
  • 9780582784956
  • 821,513

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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).

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"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

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"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.

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