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Rome Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476 by Neil Faulkner
  

Rome Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476

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Rome Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476 by Neil Faulkner

The Roman Empire is widely admired as a model of civilisation. In this compelling new study Neil Faulkner argues that in fact, it was nothing more than a ruthless system of robbery and violence. War was used to enrich the state, the imperial ruling classes and favoured client groups. In the process millions of people were killed or enslaved. Within the empire the landowning elite creamed off the wealth of the countryside to pay taxes to the state and fund the towns and villas where they lived. The masses of people ? slaves, serfs and poor peasants ? were victims of a grand exploitation that made the empire possible. This system, riddled with tension and latent conflict, contained the seeds of its own eventual collapse.

About the Author

Archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner works as a lecturer, writer, editor and professional broadcaster. He has worked as excavation director for Time Team and is an Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at the University College of London. His previous books include The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain(2004) and Apocalypse: the Great Jewish Revolt against Rome, AD66-73(2004) and Hidden Treasures, which accompanies the BBC series.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th November 2009

Author

Neil Faulkner

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Paperback
396 pages

Categories


Classical Greek & Roman archaeology

ISBN

9781408229200

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