Robert A. Kaster, The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads
(2012; rpt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), p. 117:
Whereas earlier generations of
British scholars and intellectuals tended to admire the Roman Empire as a
forerunner of their own, the consensus in postimperial Britain has shifted,
and there now seems to be broad agreement that the Romans were bastards.
My view is that the Romans were what they were, and that understanding
what they were does not advance by taking an attitude toward them,
especially when the attitude is one of moral superiority.