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Rome and the enemy : imperial strategy in the principate

Author: Susan P Mattern
Publisher: Berkeley ; Los Angeles ; London : University of California Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Susan P. Mattern reconstructs here the world view of Roman decision makers, the emperors and the tiny elite from which they drew their advisers. She demonstrates that Onasander's indifference to expertise is completely characteristic of the policymakers she presents. They did not weigh possible risks against potential advantages. They were more strongly influenced by compulsion to avenge what they felt was an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan P Mattern
ISBN: 0520211669 9780520211667
OCLC Number: 39786866
Description: xvii, 259 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Roman Emperors, 31 B.C.-A.D. 238 --
Introduction: The Decision-Making Elite --
The Image of the World --
Strategy --
Income and Expenditure --
Values --
Epilogue: Carthage Must Be Destroyed.
Responsibility: Susan P. Mattern.
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How did the Romans build and maintain one of the most powerful and stable empires in history? This text draws on the literature, composed by the elite who conducted Roman foreign affairs. It shows  Read more...

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