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The Roman Achievement in Ancient Thought

Clifford Ando

in Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220676
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220676.003.0003
The Roman Achievement in Ancient Thought

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This chapter evaluates the achievements of the Roman Empire in ancient thought. It suggests that the nature of Roman achievements in ancient and modern thought has been indissolubly linked with investigations of Roman influence, particularly its success in spreading the Roman lifestyle to its provinces. It cites evidence that populations around the empire recognized and appreciated the political and economic stability with which the imperial government endowed daily life and these people tended to view Romans' exercise of coercive force as legitimate and to concede Rome the right to impose a particular jural-political order.

Keywords: ancient thought; Roman Empire; modern thought; Roman influence; lifestyle; imperial government; political stability; economic stability; coercive force; jural-political order

Chapter.  10890 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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