Pax Romana: peace at the point of a sword
Tom Holland reveals the lethal violence behind Rome's vast empire
Pax Romana brought stability and prosperity to Rome’s vast empire. Yet, argues today’s long read written by historian and broadcaster Tom Holland, behind the dazzling new cities and teeming sea lanes lay the threat of lethal, irresistible violence.
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