The study of Roman imperial history

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The study of Roman imperial history—which in practical terms began from the 60s BCE— presents the modern reader with certain paradigmatic issues relevant to governments and  societies today. In broadest terms, the persistent dilemma was how to modify government  structures and ethos as state and society expanded geographically and demographically. The  republican ideal of Rome had somewhat made sense in a time when the state was little more than  the preeminent city in a Mediterranean peninsular area, and needed to ensure its own survival  and domination of surrounding locales. By the middle of the final century BCE, however, Rome  had become the center of a multi-continent empire stretching from Spain to Iraq. Thus, one can  present the continuing civil unrest from 80 to 30 BCE as the inability of an expanded city  government to cope with the needs of an empire's administration. 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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