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Conquerors and Slaves: Conquerors and Slaves v. 1 (Urbanization in Developing Countries) Paperback – 22 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (22 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521281814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521281812
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The enormous size of the Roman empire and the length of time it endured call for an understanding of the institutions which sustained it. In this book, Keith Hopkins, who is both classicist and sociologist, uses various sociological concepts and methods to gain insights into how traditional Roman institutions changed as the Romans acquired their empire.

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Conquerors and slaves is perhaps the most influential book on Roman history in the past 50 years. It is written from the Marxist or at least the left wing point of view, arguing that Rome was a slave-based society which rose to prominence on its militarist ethos, impoverishing the poor while enriching the few. It has been enormously influential, propelling the author from being Professor of Sociology at Brunel University to being Professor of Classics at Cambridge University and it is largely responsible for the bad press that Rome receives almost universally in universities today. I bought a second hand copy from Amazon, which turned out to come from Sheffield University, where the massive underlining and tattered repairs, testify to the enormous influence it has had on undergraduates over the past 50 years.

Personally, I think it is all wrong from beginning to end: Rome produced an attractive brew of peace and prosperity which enabled it to hold together one of the largest empires the world has ever seen. Nevertheless I cannot but admire the fine style and forceful writing of this wonderfully bad book
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