(Roman) Peace: What is it good for?

Activity: Academic and Industrial eventsGuest lecture or Invited talk


This lecture explores the role that the Roman concept of peace played in the construction and maintenance of Roman imperialism and Empire, focusing on the late Republic and early Principate (1st century BC-1st century AD). The Roman state, even before Augustus assumed control, fashioned itself as the guarantor of peace within the wider Mediterranean; this became a fundamental principle of the Augustan principate both to a citizen audience (as the altar of Augustan Peace at Rome illustrates) and to provincial communities. More than that though, ‘peace’ became a language utilised by the subjects of empire to negotiate internal disputes and to position themselves in relation to the political centre. Rome’s claims of imperial peace were also an ideal against which critics of empire measured the success of Rome.
Period27 Jul 2021
Held atYork St John University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Roman Imperialism
  • Imperial Power
  • Roman World
  • Roman History