Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Roman's Burden

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

As Gibbon once famously remarked, the surprising thing about the Roman Empire is not its fall, but rather its remarkable longevity. This very durability may well have led to the comparative silence that we find in our contemporary sources concerning the nature and intentions of Roman Imperialism as those living under the Empire in the main simply took Roman rule for granted: it was assumed to be an unchanging and unchangeable constant of their lives and as such no more worthy of comment than the weather. Kipling outlined a moral 'White Man's burden' and Pliny would have both recognised and assented to this version of the Imperial dream. This approach continued into the late Roman period where the notion of Rome's civilising mission was appropriated by Christian apologists such as Augustine and Orosius, whence it has had an important impact on later imperialist thought.

Keywords: Roman Empire; Roman Imperialism; White Man's burden

10.1163/ej.9789004202344.i-248.13
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004202344.i-248.13
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Pliny the Elder: Themes and Contexts — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation