Pax Romana

War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World


Author: Adrian Goldsworthy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297864297

Category: History

Page: 528

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The Pax Romana is famous for having provided a remarkable period of peace and stability, rarely seen before or since. Yet the Romans were first and foremost conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west. Their peace meant Roman victory and was brought about by strength and dominance rather than co-existence with neighbours. The Romans were aggressive and ruthless, and during the creation of their empire millions died or were enslaved. But the Pax Romana was real, not merely the boast of emperors, and some of the regions in the Empire have never again lived for so many generations free from major wars. So what exactly was the Pax Romana and what did it mean for the people who found themselves brought under Roman rule? Acclaimed historian Adrian Goldsworthy tells the story of the creation of the Empire, revealing how and why the Romans came to control so much of the world and asking whether the favourable image of the Roman peace is a true one. He chronicles the many rebellions by the conquered, and describes why these broke out and why most failed. At the same time, he explains that hostility was only one reaction to the arrival of Rome, and from the start there was alliance, collaboration and even enthusiasm for joining the invaders, all of which increased as resistance movements faded away. A ground-breaking and comprehensive history of the Roman Peace, Pax Romana takes the reader on a journey from the bloody conquests of an aggressive Republic through the age of Caesar and Augustus to the golden age of peace and prosperity under diligent emperors like Marcus Aurelius, offering a balanced and nuanced reappraisal of life in the Roman Empire.

The Gospels


Author: Watson E. Mills

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865545113

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Volume 6 of the Mercer Commentary on the Bible includes commentaries on all four canonical gospels plus several appropriate articles from the Mercer Dictionary of the Bible. This convenient text is for the classroom and for anyone who wishes to focus on the study of the canonical gospels. Other volumes in the series focus on other appropriate groups of canonical writings (the Prophets, Letters of Paul, etc.). Each volume includes MCB commentaries and appropriate introductory articles from MDB.

The Fall of the Roman Empire

Film and History


Author: Martin M. Winkler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118589815

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9419

The essays collected in this book present the first comprehensiveappreciation of The Fall of the Roman Empire fromhistorical, historiographical, and cinematic perspectives. The bookalso provides the principal classical sources on the period. It isa companion to Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004)and Spartacus: Film and History (Blackwell, 2007) andcompletes a triad of scholarly studies on Hollywood’sgreatest films about Roman history. A critical re-evaluation of the 1964 epic film The Fall ofthe Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann, fromhistorical, film-historical, and contemporary points of view Presents a collection of scholarly essays and classical sourceson the period of Roman history that ancient and modern historianshave considered to be the turning point toward the eventual fall ofRome Contains a short essay by director Anthony Mann Includes a map of the Roman Empire and film stills, as well astranslations of the principal ancient sources, an extensivebibliography, and a chronology of events

Sex, War, and "Sin"

Humanity's Path from the Garden toward the City of a Holy God


Author: James H, Gailey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630874868

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 2895

An examination of the Hebrew Scriptures reveals the ethical situations in ancient Israel as a structural analysis, and exposes a covenantal triangle that features a dynamic of giving and receiving, taking and paying penalties, as a meme for human relationships. This can be applied to groups as well as individuals and is surprisingly applicable to life in the twenty-first century. Two senses of Law--natural scientific discoveries and the rules laid down by a divine creator--lead to frames for considering these covenantal relationships, and even the existence of Sin. Are we bound to obey the rules laid down by God, or may we decide what is best for us?

Augustus at War

The Struggle for the Pax Augusta


Author: Lindsay Powell

Publisher: Grub Street Publishers

ISBN: 1473890055

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 2880

A penetrating assessment of Augustus as ancient Rome’s military commander-in-chief. The words Pax Augusta—or Pax Romana—evoke a period of uninterrupted peace across the vast Roman Empire. Lindsay Powell exposes this as a fallacy. Almost every year between 31 BC and AD 14 the Roman Army was in action somewhere, either fighting enemies beyond the frontier in punitive raids or for outright conquest; or suppressing banditry or rebellions within the borders. Remarkably, over the same period, Augustus succeeded in nearly doubling the size of the Empire. How did this second-rate field commander, known to become physically ill before and during battle, achieve such extraordinary success? Did he, in fact, have a grand strategy? Powell reveals Augustus as a brilliant strategist and manager of war. As commander-in-chief (imperator) he made changes to the political and military institutions to keep the empire together, and to hold on to power himself. His genius was to build a team of loyal but semi-autonomous deputies (legati) to ensure internal security and to fight his wars for him, while claiming their achievements as his own. The book profiles more than 90 of these men, as well as the military units under their command, and the campaigns they fought. The book is lavishly illustrated with 23 maps, 42 color plates, 13 black-and-white figures and five order of battle schematics. With a foreword by Karl Galinsky, this book breaks new ground in explaining the extraordinary achievement of Caesar Augustus.

War and Society in the Roman World


Author: John Rich,Graham Shipley

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415066441

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 8999

This volume focuses on the changing relationship between warfare and the Roman citizen body, from the Republic, when war was at the heart of Roman life, through to the Principate, when it was confined to professional soldiers and expansion largely ceased, and finally on to the Late Empire and the Roman army's eventual failure.

The Fall Of The West

The Death Of The Roman Superpower


Author: Adrian Goldsworthy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297857606

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 6245

A sweeping narrative of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. The Fall of the Roman Empire has been a best-selling subject since the 18th century. Since then, over 200 very diverse reasons have been advocated for the collapse of the western half of the Roman Empire. Until very recently, the academic view embarrassedly downplayed the violence and destruction, in an attempt to provide a more urbane account of late antiquity: barbarian invasions were mistakenly described as the movement of peoples. It was all painfully tame and civilised. But now Adrian Goldsworthy comes forward with his trademark combination of clear narrative, common sense, and a thorough mastery of the sources. In telling the story from start to finish, he rescues the era from the diffident and mealy-mouthed: this is a red-blooded account of aggressive barbarian attacks, palace coups, scheming courtiers and corrupt emperors who set the bar for excess. It is 'old fashioned history' in the best sense: an accessible narrative with colourful characters whose story reveals the true reasons for the fall of Rome.

Peace and War in the Modern Age

Premises, Myths and Realities


Author: Frank R. Barnett,William C. Mott,John C. Neff

Publisher: N.A


Category: World politics

Page: 421

View: 5547

Hope Revealed

The Message of the Book of Revelation—Then and Now


Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621898458

Category: Religion

Page: 250

View: 4831

Hope Revealed sets the record straight. Revelation is not as bizarre and vindictive as many have imagined. Its message is hopeful, not pessimistic, world-affirming, not world-denying, and thoroughly congruent with the biblical emphasis on love, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Revelation invites us to drink deeply from its metaphors of promise and warning, vision and blessing. While Revelation's method and theological conceptuality are relatively different from the rest of the New Testament, once they are appreciated in their own right, they contribute to make this book not only one of the finest literary works in the Christian canon, but also one of the greatest theological achievements of early Christianity.

Formation and Struggles

The Church, A.D. 33-450


Author: Veselin Kesich

Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press

ISBN: 9780881413199

Category: Religion

Page: 204

View: 3769