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Author Burton, Paul J., 1969-

Title Friendship and empire : Roman diplomacy and imperialism in the middle republic (353-146 BC) / Paul J. Burton.

Published Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  937.04 BURT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 395 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 358-380) and index.
Contents 1. Discourse, international relations, and international relations theory -- 2. Friendship practices and processes -- 3. Amicitia incipit : beginning international friendship -- 4. The duties of international friendship -- 5. The breakdown and dissolution of international friendship.
Summary "In this bold new interpretation of the origins of ancient Rome's overseas empire, Paul Burton charts the impact of the psychology, language and gestures associated with the Roman concept of amicitia, or 'friendship'. The book challenges the prevailing orthodox Cold War-era realist interpretation of Roman imperialism and argues that language and ideals contributed just as much to Roman empire-building as military muscle. Using a constructivist theoretical framework drawn from international relations, Dr Burton replaces the modern scholarly fiction of a Roman empire built on networks of foreign clients and client-states with an interpretation grounded firmly in the discursive habits of the ancient texts themselves. The results better account for the peculiar rhythms of Rome's earliest period of overseas expansion - brief periods of vigorous military and diplomatic activity, such as the rolling back of Seleucid power in Asia Minor and Greece in 192-188 BC, followed by long periods of inactivity"--
"The nature of roman republican international relations The history of Rome's interstate relations began, in Roman national mythology, with a striking example of the interplay between what can be loosely termed "domestic" and "international" amicitia. According to Livy, when Aeneas first arrived on Italian shores and entered the aboriginal kingdom of Latinus, the two leaders immediately established friendly relations. Latinus "by extending his right hand [to Aeneas], sanctified the good faith of the friendship that would be" (dextra data fidem futurae amicitiae sanxisse)"--
Subject Friendship -- Political aspects -- Rome -- History.
Political culture -- Rome -- History.
Rome -- Foreign relations -- 510-30 B.C.
ISBN 9780521190008 (hbk.)
0521190002 (hbk.)