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Of all the Nobel winners, there was only one of them who was awarded for history He was Theodor Mommsen, and he won in 1902 for his History of Rome The feat has never been replicated since then, so it prompted me to look up the work that won the Nobel Prize for him and attempt to read it I didn t expect much, but it was indeed brilliant Mommsen describes the milieu and the politics of Rome Democracy was initiated by Gaius Gracchus until eventually perfected by Caesar despite staunch opposit Of all the Nobel winners, there was only one of them who was awarded for history He was Theodor Mommsen, and he won in 1902 for his History of Rome The feat has never been replicated since then, so it prompted me to look up the work that won the Nobel Prize for him and attempt to read it I didn t expect much, but it was indeed brilliant Mommsen describes the milieu and the politics of Rome Democracy was initiated by Gaius Gracchus until eventually perfected by Caesar despite staunch opposition The work still remains to be a lucid and beautiful illustration of that time, and proof that truth is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction Heroic profligates like Sulla appeared in history at times these are the people who single mindedly pursue an ideal and then step back once it has been achieved insipid and arrant clowns as Pompey also act as counterpoints to once in a millennium people such as Julius Caesar, and the whole gamut of treachery, perfidy, larceny and robbery pepper the pathway of Rome to civilization and to finally becoming a proper empire.It may not be one of my favorites, but it is one of the best works, not only of history, but of literature For that it gets a perfect score from me Insgesamt de und dr ge Eine sehr beh bige, nervende Sprache, fast ohne Abs tze, mit lauter wards Daf r den Nobelpreis Nun, immerhin gibt es diesen grandiosen Satz Da von Hellas und Italiens vergangener Herrlichkeit zu dem stolzeren Bau der neueren Weltgeschichte eine Br cke her berf hrt, da Westeuropa romanisch, das germanische Europa klassisch ist, da die Namen Themistokles und Scipio f r uns einen anderen Klang haben als Asoka und Salmanassar, da Homer und Sophokles nicht wie die Ved Insgesamt de und dr ge Eine sehr beh bige, nervende Sprache, fast ohne Abs tze, mit lauter wards Daf r den Nobelpreis Nun, immerhin gibt es diesen grandiosen Satz Da von Hellas und Italiens vergangener Herrlichkeit zu dem stolzeren Bau der neueren Weltgeschichte eine Br cke her berf hrt, da Westeuropa romanisch, das germanische Europa klassisch ist, da die Namen Themistokles und Scipio f r uns einen anderen Klang haben als Asoka und Salmanassar, da Homer und Sophokles nicht wie die Veden und Kalidasa nur den literarischen Botaniker anziehen, sondern in dem eigenen Garten uns bl he, das ist C sars Werk und wenn die Sch pfung seines gro en Vorg ngers im Osten von den Sturmfluten des Mittelalters fast ganz zertr mmert worden ist, so hat C sars Bau die Jahrtausende berdauert, die dem Menschengeschlecht Religion und Staat verwandelt, den Schwerpunkt der Zivilisation selbst ihm verschoben haben, und f r das, was wir Ewigkeit nennen, steht er aufrecht Culmin una poca y empez otra G nero Ensayo Lo que nos cuenta Trabajo sobre la historia de la Antigua Roma, desde periodos previos a su fundaci n envuelta en brumas hasta el final de la Rep blica con Cayo Julio C sar, que se sumerge en religi n, cultura, arte, pol tica y todos los aspectos que constituyen la sociedad romana En realidad, el autor ten a previsto continuar con nuevos vol menes que llegar an hasta bien avanzada la poca imperial pero nunca lo hizo Quiere saber m s de este Culmin una poca y empez otra G nero Ensayo Lo que nos cuenta Trabajo sobre la historia de la Antigua Roma, desde periodos previos a su fundaci n envuelta en brumas hasta el final de la Rep blica con Cayo Julio C sar, que se sumerge en religi n, cultura, arte, pol tica y todos los aspectos que constituyen la sociedad romana En realidad, el autor ten a previsto continuar con nuevos vol menes que llegar an hasta bien avanzada la poca imperial pero nunca lo hizo Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite This is a magisterial account of the history of Rome from its conception in 753 BC down to the rise of Caesar written in an authoritative prose Prior knowledge of Rome is recommended.Unfortunately, this beautiful Folio Society edition is abridged, but as this is among theeasily found and lower priced editions of the work, and even though I agree with Montaigne s view thatevery abridgement of a good book is a foolish abridgement , I would still recommend it See the description for th This is a magisterial account of the history of Rome from its conception in 753 BC down to the rise of Caesar written in an authoritative prose Prior knowledge of Rome is recommended.Unfortunately, this beautiful Folio Society edition is abridged, but as this is among theeasily found and lower priced editions of the work, and even though I agree with Montaigne s view thatevery abridgement of a good book is a foolish abridgement , I would still recommend it See the description for this edition above for a full explanation of how it is abridged I was not planning on reading this due to the abridgement, but before I began Gibbon, I came across a copy for an extremely good price, and so I grabbed it I m glad I did I enjoyed itthan Gibbon, partly due to the period being discussed, but it is beautifully written, in a grand, authoritative manner that I really enjoyed I m very glad that I read it, even if it was an abridgement this is the only abridged version of a work I have read, and the only one I ever plan on reading , and I definitely look forward to reading the complete, unabridged version some time in the future [ DOWNLOAD ] ⚔ A History of Rome ♢ The classical historian Theodor Mommsen published his monumental History of Rome betweenandHis work was received with widespread acclaim by the scholarly community and the reading public InMommsen 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, Mommsen began the demythologisation of Roman history In a vivacious and engaging style, Mommsen drew bold parallels between the nineteenth century and classical Rome Information about this Folio Society edition taken from the Editorial Note Theodor Mommsen s R mische Geschichte was first published in three volumes betweenand , and was subsequently revised several times The text of the present volume is derived from William Purdie Dickson s translation, first published in four volumes by Richard Bentley in London in , of the fourth German editionThe text printed in the ensuing pages preserves slightly less than half of theedition s three quarters of a million words In abridging a work of such magnitude, strict guiding principles tend to be honoured as much in their breach as in their observance With that caveat in mind, therefore, the intention in this edition has been to provide, within a single volume, a continuous narrative of the history of Rome, from the origins of the city down to the Civil War that resulted in the sole rule of Julius Caesar c BC At the same time, it is hoped that the selection represents the essential character of Mommsen s historical vision, and can be read with both pleasure and profit by a non specialist audienceIn pursuit of these goals, the relative amount of space devoted to each of the main periods of Roman history has been preserved, and Mommsen s own book divisions and titles retained Similarly, the original chapter titles and breaks and indeed even the paragraphing has been followed as closely as possible Wirth some obvious exceptions, marginal precedence has been given to social and constitutional developments, and to political events and conflicts in Rome and Italy, over foreign policy and the detailed narration of overseas wars Consequently, the significant amount of background information that Mommsen provided concerning the foreign nations with which Rome came into violent contact Etruscans, Celts, Carthaginians and the peoples of the Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean among them has been almost entirely excised And the summaries on literature and the arts that were tacked on to the end of each book have also had to be omitted Within these broad parameters, however, every effort has been made to ensure that the full spectrum of Mommsen s themes, methodology, and style is portrayedSo that the text retains its readability, all cuts have been made silently, without the distraction of frequent ellipses Where it has proved impossible to provide a continuous narrative in Mommsen s own words, then editorial linking passages, printed in smaller type than the rest of the text, have been supplied These confine themselves to the bare essentials and take a deliberately conservative line in order to sit comfortably with the main narrative the new maps and extensive chronology are also intended to compensate for information otherwise excised A handful of editorial footnotes and other brief interpolations have been added where essential for sense All such additions to the original text, as well as any other localised rewordings necessitated by the cuts, are contained within square brackets Most of Mommsen s analogies to subsequent historical events, which are one of the many delights of his work, require no explanation for an educated readershipAny attempt to update Mommsen s scholarship would be presumptuous, if not completely foolhardy, and so all points of fact and interpretation have been allowed to stand without comment thus, for example, Mommsen s belief that Caesar was probably born in BC rather thanBC, as is now generally accepted has not been amended Nor has it been deemed necessary to bring into line with current accepted norms either the spelling of proper nouns or Disckon s faithful equivalents of Mommsen s deliberately idiosyncratic and anachronistic rendition of Latin terms Of these, the most noticeable is undoubtedly the word burgess instead of citizen While proving that few things date faster than modernity, they also provide an important reminder that Mommsen wrote his history with the pressing political and national issues facing both pre unification Germany and the rest of the mid nineteenthcentury Europe directly in mind Thoroughly engrossing Written with a kind of passion Mommsen has strong opinions about who is worthy of praise and who just happened to be on the right place at the right time I prefer this style which openly advocates certain views to supposed neutrality.The analysis of ancient society is at a very high level The book is not just a good read which it is but also promotes understanding. Actual genius historians, and the unimprovable anthologies by which they earn our deference, come at the price of a century apiece The 18th Gibbon The 19th Mommsen 20th Durant. Es un libro que logra un nivel de detalle bastante alto, considerando que es Hist rico y m s a n, la poca en que fue escrito De verdad vale much simo la pena El autor describe a Roma y sus alrededores de tal manera, que es posible realmente conocer el ambiente en que se encontraban los antiguos Situaci n que s lo podemos imaginar, cuando leemos a los antiguos romanos y sus contempor neos. Really good if you like history, but so many names to keep track of. Some antiquated views come through every now and then, but on the whole is a very solid account