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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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Roman Britain

Roman Britain

The Myth of the Civilizing Empire

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(p.21) 1 Roman Britain
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The Rule of Empires
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Timothy H. Parsons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.003.0002

This chapter examines the history of the empire of Roman Britain. It explains that Roman Britain began with Emperor Claudius' state-sponsored invasion to restore the exiled king and Roman client Verica to power during AD 43. It discusses the assimilationist policies of the Romans and the achievements of imperial Rome which served as a touchstone for succeeding western empire builders. This chapter also considers the causes of the collapse of Roman Britain and its implications for the study of empires.

Keywords:   Roman Britain, Emperor Cladius, Verica, assimilationist policies, imperial Rome, empire builders

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