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By David J. Mattingly

Despite what historical past has taught us approximately imperialism's damaging results on colonial societies, many classicists proceed to stress disproportionately the civilizing and assimilative nature of the Roman Empire and to carry a ordinarily favorable view of Rome's influence on its topic peoples. Imperialism, energy, and Identity boldly demanding situations this view utilizing insights from postcolonial reports of recent empires to supply a extra nuanced figuring out of Roman imperialism.

Rejecting outmoded notions approximately Romanization, David Mattingly focuses in its place at the inspiration of identification to bare a Roman society made from far-flung populations whose adventure of empire diverse tremendously. He examines the character of energy in Rome and the capacity through which the Roman kingdom exploited the traditional, mercantile, and human assets inside of its frontiers. Mattingly attracts on his personal archaeological paintings in Britain, Jordan, and North Africa and covers a huge diversity of issues, together with sexual kin and violence; census-taking and taxation; mining and pollutants; land and hard work; and paintings and iconography. He exhibits how the lives of these lower than Rome's dominion have been challenged, more suitable, or destroyed through the empire's strength, and in doing so he redefines the that means and value of Rome in modern day debates approximately globalization, strength, and empire.

Imperialism, strength, and Identity advances a brand new schedule for classical reports, one who perspectives Roman rule from the viewpoint of the governed and never simply the rulers.

In a brand new preface, Mattingly displays on the various reactions caused through the preliminary e-book of the book.

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