A History of Rome under the Emperors (Routledge Key Guides) by Theodor Mommsen

By Theodor Mommsen

A historical past of Rome below the Emperors presents an authoritative survey of 4 centuries of Roman heritage, and a distinct window on German concept within the final century. It triggered a sensation whilst it was once released in Germany in 1992, and was once entrance web page information in lots of newspapers. Now in an English paperback version, this e-book represents the nice misplaced paintings of Theodor Mommsen (d. 1903) -- one of many maximum Roman historians of the 19th century, and the one one ever to be provided the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A background of Rome lower than the Emperors is the paintings that will have concluded Mommsen's historical past of Rome, yet used to be by no means accomplished. This transcript of his lectures given from 1863 to 1886, made via of his scholars, was once chanced on in 1980. It has now been edited to supply the authoritative reconstruction of the e-book Mommsen by no means wrote.

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The self-satisfied snobbery of Hamburg’s elite alienated Mommsen from rather than attracted him to the idea of municipal self-government (cf. II, 105). That was to change during Mommsen’s five years as a student at the University of Kiel, where he matriculated in May 1838. In the spring of 1843 he passed the State Examination allowing him to practise law with a dissertation on Roman guilds; the dissertation which he submitted for his doctoral examination in November was on another aspect of Roman administrative law, minor Roman officials.

From the beginning, the new German League was perceived as providing only an interim solution to the question of what sort of political framework Germany should have. During the short period of French hegemony, the rulers of some of the larger German states had adopted French administrative practices in order to impose uniformity on their territories. In many cases these states were artificial creations of the Napoleonic period (particularly of the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss, the statute of 1803 which abolished 112 ecclesiastical, civic and minor secular territories).

III, 136] can often be read between the lines. , 285], is contradicted by the Germanic-Celtic coalition against Rome during the Civilis rebellion. His analysis seems to have been determined by the power-politics of 1870/1, when Germany was hoping to win the sympathy of Italy in the war against France. II, 160]. II, 20]. There was no doubt in Mommsen’s mind about the identity of the Germanic peoples with the modern Germans. Although he did distance himself from the adulation of the ancient Germans prevalent at that time right across the political spectrum, in contrast to A history of rome under the emperors 26 such writers as Freytag, Dahn, Gregorovius, Engels and Treitschke, this simply reflected his ambivalent view of the Germans and their political ability.

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