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Tacitus (c. 56—120 ad) Roman historian


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A superficially autonomous political unit tied through alliances and what Tacitus called ‘instruments of servitude’ to a more powerful system in an unequal relationship. The Roman Empire cultivated alliances with tribal leaders, princes, and petty kings around its borders to increase security, ensure supplies of raw materials, and cement trading links; many client kingdoms were annexed to the Empire at times of expansion.

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