Tom Holland on Rome’s golden age
Popular historian Tom Holland explains how the Romans maintained the peace across their vast empire in the second century AD
As history shows, ruling a vast empire is no mean feat. But in the second century AD the Romans seemed to be able to manage it with relative ease. This was the golden age of Ancient Rome, or “Pax Romana”, where peace and prosperity was said to have prevailed across the Mediterranean world. So, how did the Romans do it? Speaking with Rob Attar, historian, author and podcaster Tom Holland considers just this – from the fall of Nero to the reign of Hadrian.
Tom Holland is the author of Pax: War and Peace in Rome's Golden Age (Little Brown, 2023)
Rob Attar is editor of BBC History Magazine and also works across the HistoryExtra podcast and website, as well as hosting several BBC History Magazine events.
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