In this probing study, Starr covers the whole sweep of imperial Roman history, analyzing the binding forces of government the army as initiated by Augustus, the maturing of these forces under subsequent emperors the eventual collapse of this network in the western provinces Not simply a chronological summary, the book explores in piquant, telling detail the elIn this probing study, Starr covers the whole sweep of imperial Roman history, analyzing the binding forces of government the army as initiated by Augustus, the maturing of these forces under subsequent emperors the eventual collapse of this network in the western provinces Not simply a chronological summary, the book explores in piquant, telling detail the elements institutions that shaped the empire s history.
The Roman Empire BC AD A Study in Survival In this probing study Starr covers the whole sweep of imperial Roman history analyzing the binding forces of government the army as initiated by Augustus the maturing of these forces under subseque
This book was required reading in my Roman history course I took in the early 2000s with Professor Gary Johnson It is a study of Rome during the imperial period from the rise of Emperor Augustus to the fall of Emperor Romulus Augustus This book was favored by my professor for looking at the Roman Empire and asking not why did if fall but rather why did it last for so long What this book really is, is a political science study on the Roman Empire reviewing everything from the emperors to the subj [...]
This is an interesting corrective on the Gibbonite, Marxist, and Postcolonial interpretations of the rise and fall of the Roman empire The author disputes the idea that the Empire born with the reign of Augustus was in fact a military dictatorship and discusses the main forces in society that had to be balanced in order to maintain power It was not strictly the power of the praetorian guard that maintained the power of the emperor at least until the 3rd century It lays the decline at an historic [...]
I ve always enjoyed Chester Starr s books on ancient history in part because of their brevity In a few sessions, one can gather up many of the important details spanning many centuries That has always seemed helpful to me, being reminded of this event or that one and being able to consider many of them in their relations to the others In these respects, this book of his was no exception So, a nice treat On the other hand, this book on the Roman Empire, subtitled A Study in Survival, also carries [...]
Make haste slowly saying of Augustus, 12 Outward urbanity and surface respect for legality by Augustus combined with weariness of chaos on the part of the aristocracy to produce political stabilization 16 Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies quoting Augustine, 68 I must regard the most learned of men the one who has 30 legions quoting Favorinus, 109 Heads of figures tilted upward in the late second and still in the third century, as if seeking communion with Hea [...]
This book served its purpose, which to describe the survival of the Roman Empire rather than reasons for its fall though it was touched on This book displays itself as a type of RE introduction, but I found that it would be helpful to be familiar with some terms, people, and maps of the RE to truly appreciate what the author is reporting Also, have a Latin to English dictionary handy.The best this book did was tickle my curiosity to read of the RE, specifically the Caesars themselves I m glad i [...]
Good first year college or university text, which examines the height of Empire and some of the manifold reasons for its downfall Other than the fact that it declined and fell, people really don t know much about the Roman Empire and the reasons for its fall, which is a parapharse but it is in there somewhere.I liked the book, especially the breakdown of Imperial armed forces, speculations as to pay and taxation, the evolution of the law The questions concerning the economic basis of Empire is d [...]
An excellent look at the whole of the Roman Empire starting with Augustus and following through till the fall many centuries later While the work has many useful and general facts, the author does have a certain thesis and has arranged the chapters to reflect this Some chapters, particularly those one cities and towns, fall short in comparison to others in their depth and investigation A very short read with a very overview feel, but informative and well worth a read.
While Starr s work does ask why did the impossible Roman empire last as long as it did imperial unity , the generalized focus of numerious topics leaves a reader wanting for greater clarity of his overall argument This is particularly evident in his quick summation of the final years during complete fall of the empire.
This is a clear, concise overview of the Roman Empire with a strong focus on the early emperors I found it thoughtful and engaging, and it provides a wonderful framework for further reading in the area.
This is a good, albeit very general, introduction to the history of the Roman Empire.