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Roman Imperialism: Readings and Sources

ISBN: 978-0-631-23118-9
336 pages
November 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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This broad-ranging reader on Roman imperialism brings together ancient documents in translation and a selection of the best recent scholarly essays, in order to introduce students to the major problems and controversies in studying this central aspect of Roman history.

  • A broad-ranging reader on Roman imperialism, combining ancient documents in translation and a selection of the best recent scholarship on the subject.
  • Introduces students to the major problems and controversies in the study of Roman imperialism.
  • Examines diverse aspects of Roman imperialism, from the Romans’ motivations in acquiring an empire and their ideological justifications for imperial domination, to the complex political, economic, and cultural interactions between the Romans, their allies, and the subjected peoples.
  • An introduction surveys modern work on Roman imperialism and provides the context of recent theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of empires in general.
  • Includes notes with suggestions for further reading.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Study Of Roman Imperialism: Craige B. Champion And Arthur M. Eckstein.

1. The Growth Of Roman Power And Imperial Motivations:.

Introduction To Chapter 1.

Readings.

On War And Greed In The Second Century Bc: W. V. Harris.

Material Rewards And The Drive For Empire: Erich S. Gruen.

Fear, Greed, And Glory: The Causes Of Roman War Making In The Middle Republic: John Rich.

Sources.

2. Political, Social, And Economic Consquences Of Empire:.

Introduction To Chapter 2.

Readings.

Rome And The Greek World: Economic Relationships: Michael H. Crawford.

Conquerors And Slaves: Sociological Studies In Roman History: K. Hopkins.

Sources.

3. Ideology And Government Of Empire:.

Introduction To Chapter 3.

Readings.

Laus Imperii: P. A. Brunt.

Rome And The Enemy: Imperial Strategy In The Principate: Susan Mattern.

Sources.

4. “Romanization”: Cultural Assimilation, Hydridization, And Resistance:.

Introduction To Chapter 4.

Readings.

Romanization In The Time Of Augustus: R. Macmullen.

Becoming Roman: The Origins Of Provincial Civilization In Gaul: G. Woolf.

The Barbarians Speak: How The Peoples Shaped Roman Europe: P. S. Wells.

Sources.

5. The Frontier: Strategy And Defense Of Empire:.

Introduction To Chapter 5.

Readings.

The Grand Strategy Of The Roman Empire: E. N. Luttwak.

The Limits Of The Empire: The Roman Army In The East: B. Isaac.

Sources.

Glossary.

Index.

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Author Information

Craige B. Champion is Assistant Professor of Ancient History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has published numerous articles on ancient history and historiography and is the author of a forthcoming book entitled, Cultural Politics in Polybius’ Histories.
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  • A broad-ranging reader on Roman imperialism, combining ancient documents in translation and a selection of the best recent scholarship on the subject.

  • Introduces students to the major problems and controversies in the study of Roman imperialism.

  • Examines diverse aspects of Roman imperialism, from the Romans’ motivations in acquiring an empire and their ideological justifications for imperial domination, to the complex political, economic, and cultural interactions between the Romans, their allies, and the subjected peoples.

  • An introduction surveys modern work on Roman imperialism and provides the context of recent theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of empires in general.

  • Includes notes with suggestions for further reading.
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Reviews

"A solid production that would serve as a good textbook for an introductory, semester-long course on Roman imperialism. Its usefulness as a teaching resource is enhanced by the presence of a glossary and a very full index." Scholia
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