How peaceful was the Pax Romana?

Discussion in 'Help and Rules' started by Admiral Matt, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. Admiral Matt Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    I was pondering the history of Rome yesterday, and it occurred to me to question the name "Pax Romana."

    Just how peaceful was it, to live within the borders of the Empire? I'm thinking here of the various civil wars and rebellions that popped up from time to time. Perhaps they were fewer in number than those that occurred before the Romans arrived, but that's really an inevitable outcome of having a set of dozens of tribes/kingdoms/cities replaced by 2-3 factions, isn't it? And it would seem to me that the larger wars waged within Roman territory were much more destructive than the petty tribal feuds they replaced.

    So what do you think? For the vast majority of citizens, did Rome really make their lives that much more peaceful?
  2. Mitro I am Mitro Donor

    Jul 2, 2007
    If you happened to be among the most wealthiest of Romans, than yes the Pax was a pretty good time to be living. As for everyone esle, they say nothing really changes for the people on the bottom, but social history was never really my thing.
  3. Max Sinister Retired Myriad Club Member Gone Fishin'

    Jan 15, 2004
    The Chaos TL
    If you lived during the time when the legions duked it out for the emperor title, or in a province where the Germanics invaded, not that good. But otherwise, it seemed to be quiet.