PUGNARE : Economic Success and Failure
The causes of the triumphs and disasters of our times are much the same as those of the Roman Empire. The Romans were people like us and the wisest of their great men and women were as wise as the best of ours. Unfortunately, the most foolish of theirs were just as the foolish as the worst of ours.
Pugnare is the first historical account of the Roman Empire written from a practical business perspective. It is also about people, because business is about people. We can learn a lot from their behaviour, from their successes and failures.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 148 x 241 x 19mm | 400g
- 02 Feb 2021
- United Kingdom
- 52 colour illustrations and 13 graphs all embedded in the text
Table of contents
Chapter 2 Expansion 8
Chapter 3 Peace 29
Chapter 4 Money 57
Chapter 5 Cities 85
Chapter 6 Prosperity 113
Chapter 7 Life 141
Chapter 8 Chaos 165
Chapter 9 Survival 199
Additional Reading 219
List of Illustrations 229
About GEORGE MAHER
Year after year brought new projects, new successes, new failures and insights into how the world really works. He rose to be partner himself and wondered what to do next.
While still advising companies from around the world and helping governments solve problems like how to manage riot risk or how to avoid deaths on the roads he studied for a degree in Classics, relearning the Latin he had learnt as a boy and learning new facts about history.
Along the way he had an idea. What about applying all that he had learnt about how the modern world works to the world of the Roman Empire? Nobody had done something like that before. And in any case the main thing he had learnt from looking at hundreds of different companies in many different countries was that human nature does not change and success and failure depend on understanding that. Maybe there was something that we could learn from the Romans and their amazing successes and failures. But first he wanted to know more. So he studied for a PhD in the Roman Economy. His thesis is now published as the Imperial Roman Economy.
But he felt that all these insights and new ways of looking at things which he had discovered along the way should not stay hidden. So he decided to write Pugnare and share what he had found. It is a story about how we can learn from the Roman Empire. It shines a new light for the first time on an old story, because he had come a different path.