(Roman) Peace: What is it good for?

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


27 Jul 2021


Colleges, School and Institutes


Hannah Cornwell - Chair

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.
27 Jul 2021

External organisation (University or other Higher Education Institute)

NameYork St John University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • PUBLIC LECTURE, Roman Imperialism, Imperial Power, Roman World, Roman History