RomeEmpire of the Eagles, 753 BC – AD 476
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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.
List of maps and plates
Note on ancient monetary values
1. The making of an imperial city-state, c 750-367 BC
2. The rise of a superpower, 343-146 BC
3. The Roman revolution, 133-30 BC
4. The Pax Romana, 30 BC-AD161
5. The decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire
Index and glossary
This controversial book presents Rome as an exploitative, violent and unstable system
It tells how Rome's search for plunder to feed itself led eventually to a self-destructive process that ate away at the system's socio-economic foundations
Covers the rise and fall in one comprehensive volume
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.