The Roman World 44 BC-AD 180 [NOOK Book]

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The Roman World 44 BC – AD 180 deals with the transformation of the Mediterranean regions, northern Europe and the Near East by the military autocrats who ruled Rome during this period. The book traces the impact of imperial politics on life in the city of Rome itself and in the rest of the empire, arguing that, despite long periods of apparent peace, this was a society controlled as much by fear of state violence as by consent.


Martin Goodman...

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Overview

The Roman World 44 BC – AD 180 deals with the transformation of the Mediterranean regions, northern Europe and the Near East by the military autocrats who ruled Rome during this period. The book traces the impact of imperial politics on life in the city of Rome itself and in the rest of the empire, arguing that, despite long periods of apparent peace, this was a society controlled as much by fear of state violence as by consent.


Martin Goodman examines the reliance of Roman emperors on a huge military establishment and the threat of force. He analyses the extent to which the empire functioned as a single political, economic and cultural unit and discusses, region by region, how much the various indigenous cultures and societies were affected by Roman rule. The book has a long section devoted to the momentous religious changes in this period, which witnessed the popularity and spread of a series of elective cults and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and Christianity from the complex world of first-century Judaea. This book provides a critical assessment of the significance of Roman rule for inhabitants of the empire, and introduces readers to many of the main issues currently faced by historians of the early empire.


This new edition, incorporating the finds of recent scholarship, includes a fuller narrative history, expanded sections on the history of women and slaves and on cultural life in the city of Rome, many new illustrations, an updated section of bibliographical notes, and other improvements designed to make the volume as useful as possible to students as well as the general reader.

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The author reviews recent scholarship on the early Roman empire and presents his own perspective on its history. He notes an emphasis on writings by and about the Jews. Subject areas include political and military leadership, state operation in the city and provinces, social organization, Roman culture and life, images of the emperor, the economy, and attitudes towards Rome throughout Europe, Northern Africa, and the Near East. Includes numerous maps and black- and-white photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136509339
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Series: Routledge History of the Ancient World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written numerous books, including The Ruling Class of Judaea (1987) and Rome and Jerusalem: the clash of ancient civilizations (2007).

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Preface
List of dates
List of abbreviations
1 Sources and Problems 3
2 The Roman World in 50 BC 10
3 The Political Language of Rome 21
4 Caesar to Augustus, 50 BC-AD 14 28
5 Julio-Claudians, AD 14-68 47
6 Civil War and Flavians, AD 68-96 58
7 Nerva to Marcus Aurelius, AD 96-180 67
8 Military Autocracy 81
9 The Operation of the State in Rome 87
10 The Operation of the State in the Provinces 100
11 The Army in Society 113
12 The Image of the Emperor 123
13 The Extent of Political Unity 135
14 The Extent of Economic Unity 142
15 The Extent of Cultural Unity 149
16 Reactions to Imperial Rule 159
17 The City of Rome: Social Organization 165
18 The City of Rome: Culture and Life 179
19 Italy and Sicily 190
20 The Iberian Peninsula and the Islands of The Western Mediterranean 197
21 France and Britain 203
22 The Rhineland and the Balkans 217
23 Greece and the Aegean Coast 229
24 Central and Eastern Turkey 237
25 The Northern Levant and Mesopotamia 242
26 The Southern Levant 251
27 Egypt 262
28 North Africa 276
29 Paganism 287
30 Judaism 302
31 Christianity 315
Notes 331
Bibliographical notes 359
Index 367
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