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Corruption and the Decline of Rome

Corruption and the Decline of Rome
Author: Ramsay MacMullen
ISBN 13: 9780300047998
ISBN 10: 300047991
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1990-07-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 331
List Price: $29.00

Ramsay MacMullen, Dunham Professor of History and classics at Yale, here offers a new perspective on the decline and fall of Rome. He argues that a key factor in the empire's military and administrative failures was a steady loss of control over government, as its aims and focus were thwarted for private gain by officials and military men at all ranks. The fruit of a decade of research and analysis presented in an informal and lively style, this book offers the first survey of just what evidence exists for the 'decline, ' and provides a fascinating, fresh line of explanation for the empire's most obvious inadequacies in the face of its economic and military challenges.