How peaceful the Pax Romana really was


The Roman Peace is a program devised by Emperor Augustus (63-14 BC) with which the Roman sphere of influence was designated. Pax is the Roman goddess of peace who was the godfather for this measure. Based on this, the program encompassed inner peace and the security of borders. The state stabilized: the Reich continued to see itself exposed to external dangers at its borders, such as the Teutons on the Rhine and Danube and its partners in the east. Inside, however, cultural and economic life flourished, with the population largely isolated from external dangers.

In the Palace of the Tribes in the adventure "Asterix with the Swiss", the Roman peace is mentioned by a conference participant on page 35, who describes it as the slogan for a peaceful new beginning, provided that they forget reservations and sensitivities. Also in "The Great Trench" on page 18 of Tullius Tortengus the agreement is named as the reason why he was not allowed to make slaves because Caesar had forbidden him to do so as long as the pax romana was in force.

On page 19 of the album "The Golden Sickle", Asterix is ​​so enraged about the centurion's capture in the prefecture of Lutetia that he is inclined to break the peace of Rome (image above right). However, the hotheads are disturbed by the adjudicant of the Prefect Gracchus Weariness, so that it does not come to the extreme.

The incorrect translation "Roman Law" is used on page 20 of the album "Asterix and Obelix celebrate their birthday".