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War and Society in the Roman World (John Rich) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1993) 9780415121675

Title: War and Society in the Roman World

Author: Rich, John

Additional Authors or Contributors: Graham Shipley

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1993

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415121675

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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War and Society in the Roman World focuses mainly on the shifting relationship between warfare and the Roman citizen body. The dominant role of war in the Republic is first examined, together with the related issues of Roman expansion and the consequences both for the Romans and for those they conquered. Under the Principate, expansions largely came to a halt, and the inhabitants of the empire enjoyed life in peacetime, all the while protected by a professional army. A number of chapters focus on these changes, explaining how they came about, analyzing their effect on attitudes toward war, and probing the extent to which the peace was a reality. The final chapters discuss the Late Roman Empire, documenting the rise of warlords and, in the west, the final disappearance of the Roman army.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors


Introduction: John Rich

1. The Roman conquest of Italy Stephen Oakley

2. Fear, greed and glory: the causes of Roman war-making in the middle Republic John Rich

3. Urbs direpta, or how the Romans sacked a city Adam Ziolkowski

4. Military organization and social change in the later Roman Republic John Patterson

5. Roman poetry and anti-militarism Ducan Cloud

6. The end of Roman imperial expansion Tim Cornell

7. Roman Peace Greg Woolf

8. Piracy under the principate and the ideology of imperial eradication David Braund

9. War and diplomacy: Rome and Parthia, 31 B.C.-A.D. 235 Biran Campbell

10. Philosophers' attitudes to warfare under the principate Harry Sidebottom

11. The end of the Roman army in the western empire Wolfgang Liebeschuetz

12. Landlords and warlords in the later Roman Empire Dick Whittaker

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