A History of Rome Under the Emperors

A History of Rome Under the Emperors

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Edited by Theodor Mommsen, Edited by Barbara Demandt, Edited by Alexander Demandt, Introduction by Thomas Wiedemann, Translated by Clare Krojzl


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 233mm x 30mm | 844g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415206472
  • ISBN 13: 9780415206471
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: maps, bibliography, notes, index
  • Sales rank: 1,643,298

Product description

A History of Rome Under the Emperors provides an authoritative survey of four centuries of Roman history, and a unique window on German thought in the last century. It caused a sensation when it was published in Germany in 1992, and was front page news in many newspapers. Now in an English paperback edition, this book represents the great lost work of Theodor Mommsen (d. 1903) -- one of the greatest Roman historians of the nineteenth century, and the only one ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. A History of Rome Under the Emperors is the work that would have concluded Mommsen's history of Rome, but was never completed. This transcript of his lectures given from 1863 to 1886, made by two of his students, was discovered in 1980. It has now been edited to provide the authoritative reconstruction of the book Mommsen never wrote.

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Author information

Alexander Demandt is a Full professor of Ancient History at the Free University, Berlin. Barbara Demandt is a teacher at the Gymnasium for ancient languages in Berlin-Zehlendorf. Thomas Wiedemann is Reader in Ancient History at the University of Nottingham.

Review quote

"This precious volume will undoubtedly remain a major tool for the historians of Rome!."-The Journal of Indo-European Studies "Those readers wishing detailed examination of Roman struggles for territory or political power will not be disappointed. [Mommsen's] analysis of the response to barbarian incursions in the fourth century is particularly compelling....the publishing of this great historian's views is an invaluable contribution to classical historiography."-"Booklist "A magnificent discovery."-Rolf Hochhuth, "Die Welt ..."a new valuable edition far more complete than any past work."-"The Bookwatch

Editorial reviews

Mommsen, the grand old man of Roman history, won the Nobel Prize for his major work - although in fact it was never finished. This is a recreated version of the missing volume on the emperors, put together 150 years after the first was written. The modern introduction is fascinating and the text a masterpiece in the clarity of its storytelling. Despite Mommsen's own unease with the period, his explanations remain very crisp and compelling. (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

List of maps. Introduction. Alexander Demandt, Mommsen, Rome and the German Kaiserreich Thomas Wiedemann Abbreviations and Bibliography. The Berlin Academy Fragment A history of Rome under the Emperors I From Augustus to Vespasian Winter Semester 1882/3 [MH.I] 1. Augustus (44 BC-AD 14) a) The consolidation of the monarchy b) The princeps c) The institutions of government d) The provinces e) The imperial family and domestic politics 2. Tiberius (14-37) 3. Gaius Caligular (37-41) 4. Claudius (41-54) 5. Nero (54-68) 6. The Year of Four Emperors (68-69) 7. The Vespasian (69-79) A history of Rome under the Emperors II From Vespasian to Diocletian Summer Semester 1883 [MH.II] 1. General Introduction 2. Domestic Politics I a) Peoples and languages b) Monetary and fiscal matters c) The army d) Administration 3. Wars in the West a) Britain b) The Rhine Frontier c) Gaul d) Spain e) Africa 4. Wars on the Danube a) The garrison b) The Dacian War c) The Marcomannic War d) The Gothic Wars 5. Wars in the East a) Conflicts with the Prhtians b) Conflicts with the Sasanids and Palmyrans 6. Domestic Politics II a) The Emperor and the court b) The army and Senate A history of Rome under the Emperors III From Diocletian to Alaric Winter Semester 1885/6 and Summer Semester 1886 [MH.III] 1. General Introduction 2. Government and Society 3. A History of Events a) Diocletian (284-305) b) Constantine (306-337) c) The sons of Constantine (337-361) d) Julian and Jovian (355-364) e) Valentinian and Valens (364-378) f) From Theodosius to Alaric (379-410) Notes. Index.