By Susan P. Mattern
How did the Romans construct and continue some of the most strong and solid empires within the heritage of the area? This illuminating publication attracts at the literature, particularly the historiography, composed by way of the contributors of the elite who performed Roman overseas affairs. From this facts, Susan P. Mattern reevaluates the roots, motivations, and pursuits of Roman imperial overseas coverage specially as that coverage with regards to battle. In an enormous reinterpretation of the resources, Rome and the Enemy
indicates that strategies of nationwide honor, fierce festival for prestige, and revenge drove Roman international coverage, and although varied from the hugely rationalizing suggestions usually 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, approach, economics, and the impression of conventional Roman values at the behavior of army campaigns. She indicates that those leaders have been extra strongly encouraged by means of a conventional, stereotyped notion of the enemy and a force to avenge insults to their nationwide honor than by way of innovations of defensible borders. in truth, the will to implement a picture of Roman strength was once an important coverage aim at the back of a lot of their so much brutal and competitive campaigns.
Rome and the Enemy presents a desirable check out the Roman brain as well as a compelling reexamination of Roman conceptions of battle and nationwide honor. The ensuing photograph creates a brand new knowing of Rome's lengthy mastery of the Mediterranean world.