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W&N History Hb August £25.00 416pp 16pp colour plates 978 0 297 86428 8 ebook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 86429 5

‘Superb, unputdownable and scholarly’ – Simon Sebag Montefiore on Augustus

ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY Pax Romana War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World a groundbreaking history of the roman Peace, from the bloody conquests of an aggressive republic to the golden age of prosperity under Marcus aurelius.

The Pax Romana is famous for having provided a remarkable period of peace and stability, rarely seen before or since. Yet the Romans were first and foremost conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west. They were aggressive and ruthless, and during the creation of their empire millions died or were enslaved.

Acclaimed historian Adrian Goldsworthy tells the story of the creation of the Empire, revealing how and why the Romans came to control so much of the world and asking whether the favourable image of the Roman peace is a true one.

‘Goldsworthy is a master storyteller’ BBC History Magazine

‘a careful scholar, [Goldsworthy] wears his knowledge lightly and is a skilled narrator and engaging writer’ New Statesman

‘Essential reading for anyone interested in ancient rome’ Independent adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is the author of eight non-fiction books, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Location: Penarth, Wales Available for interview

W&N Non-Fiction • August 2016