Bestselling author Adrian Goldsworthy turns his attention to the Pax Romana, the famous peace and prosperity brought by the Roman Empire at its height in the first and second centuries AD. Yet the Romans were conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Atlantic coast. Ruthless, Romans won peace not through coexistence but through dominance; millions died and were enslaved during the creation of their empire.
Pax Romana examines how the Romans came to control so much of the world and asks whether traditionally favorable images of the Roman peace are true. Goldsworthy vividly recounts the rebellions of the conquered, examines why they broke out, why most failed, and how they became exceeding rare. He reveals that hostility was just one reaction to the arrival of Rome and that from the outset, conquered peoples collaborated, formed alliances, and joined invaders, causing resistance movements to fade away.
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"Both Goldsworthy's writing and Derek Perkins's reading are workmanlike in the best sense: They get the job done effectively and professionally, without show or excess. Goldsworthy writes of Rome's relations with the outside world, both enemies and colonies, throughout its history, and Perkins delivers that history clearly and succinctly. His talents include a strong, likable voice and British accent, an intelligent understanding of the text, the skill to interpret it with appropriate emphases and modulation, and a fine sense of pacing--all admirable, and all easy to overlook as simply components of how a reading should be. This program delivers a good bit of ancient history easily and enjoyably; listeners reap the benefit of professionals at work. W.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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