Storming the Heavens
Soldiers, Emperors, and Civilians in the Roman Empire
By (author) Antonio Santosuosso
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Storming the Heavens by Antonio Santosuosso
Book DescriptionIn the closing years of the second century B.C., the ancient world watched as the Roman armies maintained clear superiority over all they surveyed. But, social turmoil prevailed at the heart of her territories, led by an increasing number of dispossessed farmers, too little manpower for the army, and an inevitable conflict with the allies who had fought side by side with the Romans to establish Roman dominion. Storming the Heavens looks at this dramatic history from a variety of angles. What changed most radically, Santosuosso argues, was the behavior of soldiers in the Roman armies. The troops became the enemies within, their pillage and slaughter of fellow citizens indiscriminate, their loyalty not to the Republic but to their leaders, as long as they were ample providers of booty. By opening the military ranks to all, the new army abandoned its role as depository of the values of the upper classes and the propertied. Instead, it became an institution of the poor and drain on the power of the Empire. Santosuosso also investigates other topics, such as the monopoly of military power in the hands of a few, the connection between the armed forces and the cherished values of the state, the manipulation of the lower classes so that they would accept the view of life, control, and power dictated by the oligarchy, and the subjugation and dehumanization of subject peoples, whether they be Gauls, Britons, Germans, Africans, or even the Romans themselves.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813341606
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Antonio Santosuosso
Storming the Heavens, Paperback (February 2014)
At the close of the third century BC, the ancient world was in awe of Rome's clear political, military, and cultural hegemony. This book provides a fascinating and dramatic portrait of the Roman army from the time of its supremacy through to the melancholy collapse of Empire in the fifth century AD.
Soldiers, Citizens, and the Symbols of War, Paperback (August 1997)» View all books by Antonio Santosuosso
"In this comprehensive overview of ancient warfare, Antonio Santosuosso explores how the tactical and strategic concepts of warfare changed between the beginning of the fifth century b.c. and the middl"
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Author Biography - Antonio Santosuosso
Antonio Santosuosso is professor of history at the University of Western Ontario .
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