The History of Rome

The History of Rome

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The classical historian Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903) published his History of Rome between 1854 and 1856. His work was received with widespread acclaim by the scholarly community and the reading public. In 1902, in recognition of this monumental work, Mommsen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and acclaimed as 'the greatest living master of the art of historical writing'. Mommsen rejected traditional Enlightenment accounts, which glorified ancient Rome; instead, guided by a new and rigorous criticism of sources, he began the demythologisation of Roman history. In a vivacious and engaging style, using modern terms to express classical ideas, Mommsen drew bold parallels between the nineteenth century and classical Rome. Volume 1 begins with Rome's earliest origins and ends with the unification of Italy; it contains separate chapters on religion, law and justice, art, and writing. This 1862 translation is based on the German third edition (1861).

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  • Paperback | 532 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 38.1mm | 657.71g
  • Cambridge Library Collection
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1108009735
  • 9781108009737

Table of contents

Book First. The Period Anterior to the Abolition of the Monarchy: 1. Introduction; 2. The earliest migrations into Italy; 3. The settlements of the Latins; 4. The beginnings of Rome; 5. The original constitution of Rome; 6. The non-burgesses and the reformed constitution; 7. The hegemony of Rome in Latium; 8. The Umbro-Sabellian stock - beginnings of the Samnites; 9. The Etruscans; 10. The Hellenes in Italy - maritime supremacy of the Tuscans and Carthaginians; 11. Law and justice; 12. Religion; 13. Agriculture, trade, and commerce; 14. Measuring and writing; 15. Art; Book Second. From the Abolition of the Monarchy in Rome to the Union of Italy: 1. Change of the constitution - limitation of the power of the magistrate; 2. The tribunate of the plebs and the decemvirate; 3. The equalization of the orders and the new aristocracy; 4. Fall of the Etruscan power - the Celts; 5. Subjugation of the Latins and Campanians by Rome; 6. Struggle of the Italians against Rome; 7. The struggle between Pyrrhus and Rome; 8. Law, religion, military system, economic condition, nationality; 9. Art and science; Appendix.

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