Item description for Empire of Honour: The Art of Government in the Roman World by J. E. Lendon...
Jon Lendon offers a bold new analysis of how Roman government worked in the first four centuries AD. He contends that a despotism rooted in force and fear enjoyed widespread support among the ruling classes of the provinces on the basis of an aristocratic culture of honor shared by rulers and ruled.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 17, 2002
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199247633 ISBN13 9780199247639
Availability 119 units. Availability accurate as of May 25, 2017 08:14.
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More About J. E. Lendon
J.E. Lendon is professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity, runner-up for the Longman History Today Book of the Year Prize (2006).
J. E. Lendon has an academic affiliation as follows - Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Virginia Massachus.
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Fabulous coruscating prose; fascinating premise Jun 19, 2002
In the 21st century, the culture of the aristocrat is largely a faded memory, and noble values--such as "honor" are largely viewed with suspicion as having fallen into disregard. This book is a serious attempt to reimagine Rome's alien culture, and to refine and revive conceptions of honor as people now dead 2000 years regarded it.
Unrepentantly a book for experts, yet written with a verve and sheer joy in language that makes it accessible to the more casual reader. As Lendon begins: "On what was to be the last day of his life, the Emperor Nero awoke to find that the palace sentries had abandoned their posts." The reader is--on some level at least --in for a wild and glorious ride from that point forward!
Whether the author himself would appreciate this or not, this book would do well in the library of the fantasy role-playing expert, looking to build a convincing scenario around a "Gladiator" style setting!