Roman Imperialism

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The transformation of Rome from a small central Italian city-state into the sole Mediterranean superpower has long proved fascinating and controversial. At its height the Roman Empire extended from Britain in the North to Libya in the South and from Spain in the West to Syria in the East. It has impressed not only by its extent but also by its longevity.
Andrew Erskine examines the course and nature of Roman expansion, focusing on explanations, ancient and modern, the impact of...
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Overview


The transformation of Rome from a small central Italian city-state into the sole Mediterranean superpower has long proved fascinating and controversial. At its height the Roman Empire extended from Britain in the North to Libya in the South and from Spain in the West to Syria in the East. It has impressed not only by its extent but also by its longevity.
Andrew Erskine examines the course and nature of Roman expansion, focusing on explanations, ancient and modern, the impact of Roman rule on the subject and the effect of empire on the imperial power. All these topics have created a tremendous amount of discussion among scholars, not least because the study of Roman imperialism has always been informed by contemporary perceptions of international power relations.
The book is divided into two halves. Part I treats some of the main issues in modern debates about Roman imperialism, while Part II offers a selection of the most important source material allowing readers to enter these debates themselves
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Meet the Author

Andrew Erskine is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface

Preface

Illustrations

Abbreviations

Map of Roman Italy

Map of the Roman Empire in AD 69

Timeline

Part I Debates 1

Chapter 1 Approaching Roman Imperialism 3

Chapter 2 From City to Empire 12

Chapter 3 Explanations 33

Chapter 4 The Subject 50

Chapter 5 The Ruler 71

Part II Documents 89

Appian 91

Augustine 94

Caesar 94

Cicero 96

Digest 101

Dio Cassius 102

Diodoros of Sicily 103

Eusebius 104

Inscriptions 104

Lex Irnitana 109

Josephus 109

Lactantius 111

Livy 112

1 Maccabees 118

Milestones 119

Philo of Alexandria 121

Pliny the Elder 122

Pliny the Younger 123

Plutarch 125

Polybios 129

Pompeius Trogus 147

Res Gestae Divi Augusti 148

Sallust 151

Schoolbook 151

Strabo 152

Tacitus 153

Tertullian 161

Third Sibylline Oracle 162

Tomb of the Scipios 162

Valerius Maximus 163

Funeral Stele of Regina 164

Trajan's Column 165

Colosseum 166

Coins 166

Victory Temples 168

Further Reading 169

Internet Resources 178

Glossary 181

Bibliography 185

Index 200

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