By Theodor Mommsen

A historical past of Rome lower than the Emperors offers an authoritative survey of 4 centuries of Roman background, and a different window on German proposal within the final century. It brought on 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 variation, this booklet represents the good misplaced paintings of Theodor Mommsen (d. 1903) -- one of many maximum Roman historians of the 19th century, and the single one ever to be provided the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A historical past of Rome less than the Emperors is the paintings that will have concluded Mommsen's historical past of Rome, yet was once by no means accomplished. This transcript of his lectures given from 1863 to 1886, made through of his scholars, was once stumbled on in 1980. It has now been edited to supply the authoritative reconstruction of the ebook Mommsen by no means wrote.

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They have provided some extra passages, which are supplied in the Notes. Page numbering corresponds to the original text preserved in the German Archaeological Institute in Rome (see p. 21, no. 11). To complete the picture, some further material from Mommsen’s 1866 lectures (Göttingen Anonymous) and 1868/9 (Mommsen-Krauseneck, lecture notes nos. 2 and 4: see p. 20) has been included in the notes. II, 315–42] derives from Kurt Hensel, Sebastian’s second son, later a mathematician at Marburg. 170 The following letter, now in the Introduction 29 East Berlin State Library, shows the nature of Kurt’s later relationship with Mommsen: Berlin W.

If Mommsen had no more reservations about the hegemony of Prussia over the Germany that emerged from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 than he had over Roman hegemony over Italy, he was not so happy about its federal constitution. His analysis of the Roman constitution, the Römisches Staatsrecht which appeared between 1871 and 1888, reflects his strong belief in the undivided sovereignty which he saw instantiated in the Roman concept of imperium. The order he follows in the Staatsrecht is revealing: in volume I he describes the essential powers of Roman magistracy (‘Wesen der Magistratur’) in general, then in volume II he describes how that ‘Wesen’ manifested itself, or was exemplified, in particular magistracies.

Not only did German- and Danishspeakers live side by side in Copenhagen, they governed the constituent territories of the Danish monarchy side by side. This was a system that could not survive the fall of the Empire. To protect the unity of their domains against potential threats from the centrally administered states which were developing south of their borders, the Danish kings too Mommsen, rome and the german kaiserreich 35 sought to impose uniformity, a uniformity which naturally had to be based on the Danish language.

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