By P. A. Brunt
The Roman empire, in contrast to the British, evoked no nationwide resistance other than from the Jews. This selection of essays through eminent historian P.A. Brunt severely examines a variety of facets of Roman historical past, from Roman aspirations to global dominion to Rome's good fortune in successful the loyalty and acquiescence of its topics. formerly unpublished essays, in addition to addenda and corrigenda, carry the gathering thoroughly modern.
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106). This bold generalization, for which he offers no evidence, we may leave to the judgement of the social anthropologist. In his view (p. 104) anti-Roman movements among the Germans were invariably plundering raids or revolts against taxation. Of course it is true that the free Germans usually invaded Roman territory in search of booty, or sometimes ofland. According to Tacitus, it was the prospect of plunder that induced them in AD 69-70 to aid Civilis (IV 21, 2; 37, 3i 78, 1). It is also clear that Roman rule subjected Germans to burdens they resented.
M. S, Gmlc Ci41, 131-2 supplies Eastern parallels. , Ill, ·4~i cf. n. 70. Gn:nier makes too much of the supposed shortage of money as the main cause of the debt problem, and therefore of the revolt. Though some nobles may have fallen into debt, the 11algus oburalorum were clearly indebted bondsmen, cf. JRS, XLVIII, 168, and the revolt was not (as he thinks) essentially aristocratic, any more than Catilina's. , IV, 6, 4· But what evidence could Tacitus have had for that sweeping generalization? The chief value this text is the proof it gives that TacitUI knew that at some times and places under the early Principate abuses occurred in tax-collection of the kind well known in the late Empire (see texts cited by 0.
8), he was (it is assumed) adverse to Vitellius. The alleged grievances of the Batavians at the dilectus are not to be taken seriously. The core of Civilis' support consisted in the eight Batavian cohorts, which joined him, because they had been denied the rewards they expected for their services to Vitellius. Even the continuance of the war after Vitellius' defeat and death became known on the Rhine is not to be ascribed to a wish for liberty. It was prolonged by Vespasian's reluctance to reward his Batavi~m supporters.
Roman Imperial Themes by P. A. Brunt