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- DescriptionThe Roman Empire is widely admired as a model of civilisation. In this compelling new study Neil Faulkner argues that in fact, it was thing 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.
- Author BiographyNeil 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).
- Author(s)Neil Faulkner
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication05/11/2009
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight430 g
- Width148 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine22 mm
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