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By Theodor Mommsen

One megastar out of necessity. Mommsen by no means could have sought after this fabric to work out the sunshine of day. This ebook is abstracted and redacted from type notes of scholars taking a process his at the the heritage of the Roman Empire!! Mommsen in particular declined to put in writing a booklet at the Roman Empire. He wrote vols. 1-3 and vol. five of what he known as "Roman History." vol. four was once so synthetic and Mommsen's identify hooked up to it's an insult to 1 of the best if no longer the best historian of his time. It additionally offers the reader with completely no info that's not much better coated somewhere else.

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II, 299], in contrast to his inordinately positive evaluation of Septimius Severus, which he did not repeat in 1885 (RG V, p. II, 116]. II, 117], since Septimius Severus was seeking to achieve what Caesar had achieved for Gaul. This is hardly a reasonable appraisal, since the Romanization of Britain had few permanent results. I, 175]. The evaluation of Septimius Severus is repeated in the Introduction to volume V of the History of Rome, where the reign of this ruler is described as the high point of the age of the emperors (RG V, pp.

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. Given Mommsen’s family background, the obvious career for him would have been as a clergyman; but his background had also given him enough experience of clerical poverty—he was to remain concerned about his own income throughout his life, and his unusual interest in the fiscal institutions of the Roman Empire ought to be seen in that context as well as in that of nineteenth-century economic theory in general—and in any case he had lost his faith in Lutheran Christianity.

151 His statement that there can be nothing more frivolous in the world than giving lectures’,152 confirms that in mature years Mommsen felt fewer scruples at the lectern than at his writing desk. Accordingly, the picture that emerges from our text is of a more ebullient, and as it were more youthful, Mommsen than in his published material of the same period. The restraint of volume V is not retained throughout the lectures. III, 212]. In some particulars, even the most recent research still has something to learn from Mommsen’s interpretation of public offices in late antiquity, a field where his juristic sensibility is superior to that of modern authors, for instance in his remarks on the origin of the separation of administrative and judicial functions.

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