The Pax Romana

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The Pax Romana Most often revered for their warfare, Rome created more than just an incredible military empire, they created a time of great peace that had never been seen before in recorded history. This time of peace, referred as the Pax Roman ( 96 AD - 200 AD), which means literally Roman Peace. This time of Roman peace was a system of government created by Augusts ( the Emperor of Rome), and lasted for over 200 years. It was out of this peace time that sport & leisure time where created. The bases of Roman life where that of law and order and this only took place with good leadership. Beginning the leadership of Rome during its Golden Age was first with Nerva in 96 A. D. and ending with the death of Marcus Aurlius in 180 A. D, with the death of Marcus Aurlius in 180 A. D., eventually also came the fall of Rome. The great rulers of the Pax Roman helped to sustain Rome’s longevity and magnitude. The Pax Roman gave the urbane Romans a never seen before time leisure, during this time the development of art as well as architecture and literature were beginning to be perfected. Despite the fact that many will argue that most of the Roman art, literature, and architecture was shaped from the Greek model that preceded the Romans. It is more than just statement that the Romans took a Greek pattern and assembled it into something of their very own, something that came to be known as Roman. During these years of unbroken public peace it is estimated that some 60 million people took a part in the peace that the Romans offered. Although, peaceful in Rome and the surrounding areas there was still war along the edges of the Empire ( usually due to the expansion of the Roman Empire) as well as small civil ... ... middle of paper ... ...nd Roy A. Adkins, Handbook To Life In Ancient Rome ( New York City : Facts On File, Inc., 1994), 152. 12Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins, Handbook To Life In Ancient Rome ( New York City : Facts On File, Inc., 1994), 135. 13William H. McNeil, A History Of The Human Community (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Prentice Hall, 1997), 194. Bibliography Adkins, Lesley and Roy A. Adkins. Handbook To Life In Ancient Rome. New York City: Facts on File, Inc., 1994. Balsdon, J.P.V.D. The Romans. New York City: Basic Books ,Inc., 1965. McNeil, William H. A History Of The Human Community. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Prentice Hall, 1997. Toner, J. P. Leisure and Ancient Rome. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1998. Veyne, Paul. The Roman Empire. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1997.
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