By Robin A. H. Waterfield
"Is there an individual on the earth who's so narrow-minded or uninquisitive that he may perhaps fail to need to grasp how and because of what sort of political process nearly the whole identified global used to be conquered and taken less than a unmarried empire in below fifty-three years?" -- Polybius, Histories
The 53-year interval Polybius had in brain stretched from the beginning of the second one Punic battle in 219 BCE till 167, while Rome overthrew the Macedonian monarchy and divided the rustic into 4 self sustaining republics. This used to be the the most important half-century of Rome's wonderful upward push to imperial prestige, yet Roman curiosity in its jap friends started a bit previous, with the 1st Illyrian conflict of 229, and climaxed later with the notorious destruction of Corinth in 146.
Taken on the Flood chronicles this momentous circulation through Rome into the Greek east. beforehand, this era of historical past has been overshadowed by way of the specter of Carthage within the west, yet occasions within the east have been no less significant in themselves, and Robin Waterfield's account unearths the bizarre nature of Rome's jap coverage. For over seventy years, the Romans shunned annexation in order that they may well devote their army and fiscal assets to the struggle opposed to Carthage and in other places. notwithstanding finally a failure, this coverage of oblique rule, punctuated through periodic brutal army interventions and severe international relations, labored good for numerous many years, until eventually the Senate eventually settled on extra direct types of keep watch over.
Waterfield's fast paced narrative focuses quite often on army and diplomatic maneuvers, yet all through he interweaves different themes and topics, akin to the impact of Greek tradition on Rome, the Roman aristocratic ethos, and the conflict among the 2 top scuffling with machines the traditional global ever produced: the Macedonian phalanx and Roman legion. the result's an soaking up account of a serious bankruptcy in Rome's mastery of the Mediterranean.