Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)

Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)

Robin Waterfield


The Romans first set army foot on Greek soil in 229 BCE; basically sixty or so years later it was once in all places, and soon thereafter Greece turned one of many first provinces of the rising Roman Empire. It was once an enormous trip - a speedy, brutal, and decided conquest of the land to whose paintings, philosophy, and tradition the Romans owed a lot.

Rome came across the japanese Mediterranean divided, in an volatile stability of strength, among 3 nice kingdoms - the 3 Hellenistic kingdoms that had survived and flourished after the wars of Alexander the Great's Successors: Macedon, Egypt, and Syria. inner problems took Egypt kind of out of the image, however the different have been diminished through Rome. Having confirmed itself, through its defeat of Carthage, because the sole superpower within the western Mediterranean, Rome then systematically went about
doing a similar within the east, till the total Mediterranean used to be lower than her keep an eye on.

Apart from the exciting army motion, the tale of the Roman conquest of Greece is significant to the tale of Rome itself and the empire it created. As Robin Waterfield indicates, the Romans constructed a hugely refined approach to dominance via handheld remote control over the Greeks of the jap Mediterranean - the inexpensive choice of utilizing authority and international relations to maintain order instead of status armies. And it's a tale that increases a few interesting questions on Rome, her empire, and her
civilization. for example, to what quantity was once the Roman conquest a deliberate and planned coverage? What was once it approximately Roman tradition that gave it this kind of will for conquest? And what used to be the impact on Roman highbrow and creative tradition, on their very id, in their entanglement with an older Greek
civilization, which the Romans themselves well-known as preferrred?

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