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Posted April 28, 2014
If you want the information without the authors biased and extre
If you want the information without the authors biased and extremely subjective opinions and twists, than read Polybius and Livy. He clearly is just summarizing their books and did no further research. If you do buy this garbage, you will be fed a steady stream of moral relativism that always finds a way to paint Rome as the bad guy no matter what they do. Example, after the first and second Illyrian wars, and after the Macedonian wars, Rome either did or attempted to withdraw all its troops and leave the Greeks to themselves. Author continues to make the case that this is just new imperialism using soft power to get what Rome wants (even uses the US as an example to further add a demonization of both the US and Rome). Another great example is the statement by the author that every time Rome went to war in Illyria, it never left it the same when it left. That's the most astounding statement and critique to make. I guess the author assumed Rome should have went to war, won, and than just left changing absolutely none of the conditions that drove them to war??? He assigns the Roman Senate with some vast prescient knowledge of the future as the actions they took in treaties with Macedon, Greeks, and Illyrians were somehow to set the stage for the future that Rome somehow foresaw (example - end of the second Macedonian War, Rome insisted on leaving the Macedonian king in power against Greek wishes. Rome said it was to be a barrier against barbarians to the north -that by the way immediately went to war against Macedon- author claims it was to ensure continued reliance on Rome so they could come in later - in spite of Rome also agreeing to pull all its troops out). Again, just read Livy and Polybius, ALL his factual material comes from those two, he didn't do any additional research and just adds his rhetoric to their writings.
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