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1st Edition

Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC – AD 476

ISBN 9781408229200
Published January 17, 2008 by Routledge
378 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of maps and plates  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Note on ancient monetary values  Maps  Prologue  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  Timeline  References  Bibliographical notes  Index and glossary 

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Neil Faulkner is a freelance archaeologist and historian. He works as a writer, lecturer, excavator, and occasional broadcaster. Educated at King's College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, he is now a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Editor of Military History Monthly, and a Lecturer for NADFAS. He co-directs the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (in Norfolk), the Great Arab Revolt Project (in Jordan), and the Great War Archaeology Group (a field unit specialising in First World War archaeology).