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The Language of Empire
Rome and the Idea of Empire from the Third Century BC to the Second Century AD

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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402799

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  • The Roman Empire has been an object of fascination for the past two millennia, and the story of how a small city in central Italy came to dominate the whole of the Mediterranean basin, most of modern Europe and the lands of Asia Minor and the Middle East, has often been told. It has provided the model for European empires from Charlemagne to Queen Victoria and beyond, and is still the basis of comparison for investigators of modern imperialisms. By an exhaustive investigation of the changing meanings of certain key words and their use in the substantial remains of Roman writings and in the structures of Roman political life, this book seeks to discover what the Romans themselves thought about their imperial power in the centuries in which they conquered the known world and formed the empire of the first and second centuries AD.

    • Investigates exhaustively the key words imperium and provincia in Latin literature and official Roman documents
    • Compares and contrasts ideas of empire from different societies
    • Provides a fresh and methodologically different exposition of changing Roman mentalities towards imperial expansion
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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402799
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Ideas of empire
    2. The beginnings: Hannibal to Sulla
    3. Cicero's empire: imperium populi Romani
    4. The Augustan empire: imperium romanum
    5. After Augustus
    6. Conclusion: Imperial presuppositions and patterns of empire
    Appendix 1. Cicero analysis
    Appendix 2. Livy
    Appendix 3. Imperium and provincia in legal writers
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    John Richardson, University of Edinburgh

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