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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.
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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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A major new single volume history of the greatest empire of antiquity, which challenges the orthodox view that Romewas a bringer of civilisation.

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A major new single volume history of the greatest empire of antiquity, which challenges the orthodox view that Romewas a bringer of civilisation.

About the Author

Archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner works as a lecturer, writer, editor and professional broadcaster. He has worked as excavation director for Time Team and is an Honorary Lecturer at the Instituteof Archaeologyat the University College of London. His previous books include The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain(2004) and Apocalypse: the Great Jewish Revolt against Rome, AD66-73(2004) and Hidden Treasures, which accompanies the BBC series.

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"Neil Faulkner's dynamic and provocative new history proves that there is a fresh, exciting new perspective to be found the narative is compelling." History Today May 2008

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