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An abridged version of Mommsen s 1857 multi volume history of Rome during the collapse of the Republic and the very beginning of the Empire Extremely clear readable Maps would have been a helpful addition but otherwise, excellent.On a scarier note Much of what led to the Roman Republic s demise is very similar to what s occurring now with the US Republic Arguments over the franchise and who is a Roman citizen , including limits on immigration Intransigence of the oligarchs, greed of the capitalist and political classes A useless Senate interested in itself than in the Republic Scary, because there s no reason it can t happen here Could the US Republic be lurching in this direction Will a Caesar come to our rescue, bring stability at the cost of liberty 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. 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 the easily 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 it than 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. 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. Essendo trascorso pi di un secolo e mezzo dalla prima uscita, la monumentale storia della Roma repubblicana scritta dal premio Nobel tedesco patisce un po il tempo passato, sia per l evoluzione delle scoperte scientifiche, sia seppur molto meno per le trasformazioni del pensiero in materia, ma resta un opera che merita di essere letto senza farsi spaventare dalla dimensione perch in aggiunta ai suoi comunque notevolissimi pregi storiografici si dimostra in innumerevoli parti un testo di elevato valore letterario Malgrado la traduzione in mio possesso risalga al ventennio fascista con tanto di polemichette nazionaliste sparse qua e l , la scrittura di Mommsen mostra di unire alla cura maniacale dello studioso il coinvolgimento e l entusiasmo dell appassionato, narrando i sette secoli che precedono la morte di Cesare come se si trattasse di cronaca viva piuttosto che un pezzo di classicit per tale scopo, risulta fondamentale il continuo inquadramento sociale e psicologico realizzato analizzando oltre agli eventi anche le modifiche via via intercorse nella sfera dell arte, della religione, dell economia e pi in generale delle relazioni interpersonali Dal punto di vista temporale, il lavoro prende le mosse non ab Urbe condita , ma dai decenni precedenti, attraverso l accurato tratteggio delle trib presenti nell Italia centro meridionale e dei rapporti fra di loro e con i Greci, per giungere sul limitare delle idi di Marzo quasi che l autore non se la fosse sentita di raccontare la caduta del suo idolo assoluto, Giulio Cesare, e del dominio illuminato che egli esercitava sugli ormai vastissimi possedimenti di Roma Lo storico difatti non si fa pregare a mettre in chiaro le proprie simpatie e antipatie, a volte sottolineate dal semplice mutare dello stile nel racconto, in un esposizione che tutto meno che asettica sebbene sempre precisa e documentatissima il corpo delle note imponente, una sorta di libro nel libro su alcune posizioni si pu discutere, ma quel che conta chi scrive cerca con costanza di farle discendere dai fatti Allo stesso modo, vengono enfatizzate le innumerevoli vergogne disseminate lungo l esistenza della repubblica romana, laddove il sangue correva a fiumi a causa di errori, ignavia, avidit dalla dissennata condotta della guerra annibalica alle doppiezze in politica estera, dalla gratuita distruzione di Corinto alla ferocia delle guerre civili che, si sa, in materia sono in ogni tempo le peggiori Seppur cresciuto in una societ meno sensibile della nostra su certi temi, Mommsen narra con una punta di sgomento i massacri indiscriminati e le persecuzioni feroci che contrassegnarono con frequenza impressionante tutto il periodo non che i due millenni successivi siano stati meglio, ma questo un altro discorso completando cos un grande affresco di un mondo da noi pi lontano di quanto si possa comunemente pensare malgrado vi siano saldamente piantate le nostre radici. It contains, or less, the same kind of stuff one can read in today s news Nothing is really new, just thepeople do not seem to learn from their mistakes. So, here I am at the end of Book Five There were less cumbersome options when choosing to dive into a Mommsen writing Having committed to reading a work by every Nobel Laureate for Literature and Mommsen being only the second chronologically, it would have been wiser to choose a shorter, singular work But too many of the man s contemporaries like Mark Twain raved about his comprehensive History of Rome and so, alas, this long and exhaustive project Mommsen is accused of tediousness in his style but, in truth, he is just immensely comprehensive and invested in his quest to show us our ancient past And, of course, this isn t just about Rome but western civilization from Rome s founding and it s earliest monarchic origin, through its various republican and democratic incarnations bringing us full circle with the return of monarchy under Julius Caesar This project required a commitment of an hour almost daily over eight months but it was worth the investment in that so many holes of my historical knowledge have now been filled Mommsen wrote about Rome s later eras which I will likely dive into later For now, I move on both exhausted and grateful for this literary journey well written and well spoken. A great read The book is an adaptation of the fourth and fifth books of Mommsen s massive work, covering the history of Rome from the end of the Third Punic War to the death of Caesar It reads easily, mostly because Mommsen presents this time as a unified drama the decay of the Roman republic to an oligarchy and the different assaults on the entrenched oligarchs of the Senate by the Gracchi brothers, Marius, and finally and successfully, by Caesar It is also entertaining because his judgments on individual characters wind through the entire work and have all the delicacy of a chainsaw he repeatedly castigates Cicero, Cato, and Pompey His heavy handedness is annoying at times, especially to one who loves Cicero the author and has sympathies with Cato His judgment of Pompey as a mediocre man was the most startling, though, as it is difficult to reconcile with his own descriptions of Pompey s achievements as a general Mommsen finishes his work with an extensive and fascinating analysis of Caesar, whom he reveres. 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 ^BOOK ↽ Römische Geschichte ☜ The Classical Historian Theodor Mommsen Published His Monumental History Of Rome Between And His Work Was Received With Widespread Acclaim By The Scholarly Community And The Reading Public In Mommsen 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 Between And , 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 The Edition 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 Than BC, 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