By Susan P. Mattern

How did the Romans construct and hold essentially the most strong and sturdy empires within the historical past of the area? This illuminating booklet attracts at the literature, in particular the historiography, composed by way of the contributors of the elite who carried out Roman overseas affairs. From this proof, Susan P. Mattern reevaluates the roots, motivations, and objectives of Roman imperial international coverage specifically as that coverage concerning struggle. In an immense reinterpretation of the assets, Rome and the Enemy indicates that techniques of nationwide honor, fierce festival for prestige, and revenge drove Roman international coverage, and notwithstanding diversified from the hugely rationalizing options frequently attributed to the Romans, dictated styles of reaction that remained constant over centuries.

Mattern reconstructs the area view of the Roman decision-makers, the emperors, and the elite from which they drew their advisers. She discusses Roman conceptions of geography, method, economics, and the impact of conventional Roman values at the behavior of army campaigns. She exhibits that those leaders have been extra strongly inspired by way of a standard, stereotyped belief of the enemy and a force to avenge insults to their nationwide honor than via innovations of defensible borders. in reality, the will to implement a picture of Roman strength used to be an incredible coverage aim in the back of lots of their so much brutal and competitive campaigns.

Rome and the Enemy offers a desirable investigate the Roman brain as well as a compelling reexamination of Roman conceptions of battle and nationwide honor. The ensuing photograph creates a brand new realizing of Rome's lengthy mastery of the Mediterranean international.

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