Roman Power: A Thousand Years of Empire

Roman Power: A Thousand Years of Empire

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W. V. Harris
Cambridge University Press, 7/14/2016
EAN 9781107152717, ISBN10: 1107152712

Hardcover, 370 pages, 23.5 x 16 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

The Roman Empire was one of the largest and most enduring in world history. In his new book, distinguished historian W. V. Harris sets out to explain, within an eclectic theoretical framework, the waxing and eventual waning of Roman imperial power, together with the Roman community's internal power structures (political power, social power, gender power and economic power). Effectively integrating analysis with a compelling narrative, he traces this linkage between the external and the internal through three very long periods, and part of the originality of the book is that it almost uniquely considers both the gradual rise of the Roman Empire and its demise as an empire in the fifth and seventh centuries AD. Professor Harris contends that comparing the Romans of these diverse periods sharply illuminates both the growth and the shrinkage of Roman power as well as the Empire's extraordinary durability.

List of illustrations
List of maps
1. The long-term evolution of Roman power
2. The Romans against outsiders, 400 BC to AD 16
3. The Romans against each other, from republic to monarchy
4. The Romans against outsiders, AD 16 to 337
5. The Romans against each other
from empire to nation?
6. The Romans against outsiders, AD 337 to 641
7. The Romans against each other in two long crises
8. Retrospect and some reflections