Mommsen, Theodor
The History of Rome




The History of Rome: From the Conquest of Carthage to the End of the Republic

A Completely Revised Translation, with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by Dero Saunders and John H. Collins

In 1892 Mark Twain, writing from Berlin for the New York Sun, described the late entrance of yet another scholar to a formal university banquet: “I would have walked a great many miles to get a sight of him, and here was… clothed in a titanic deceptive modesty which made him look like other men. Here he was, carrying the Roman world and all the Caesars in his hospitable skull, and doing it as easily as that other luminous vault, the skull of the universe, carries the Milky Way and the constellations.”

Mark Twain was descril ing the entrance of Theodor Momnisen (1817-1903), the greatest classical historian of his century or of ours. His only equil in any century was Gibbon, whose own monumental work complements rather than competes with Mommsen’s description of the Roman Republic. Mommsen had, moreover, the advantage over Gibbon in the extent and validity of the basic historical data at his disposal, and in the advance of scientific and critical method in historiography to which he made fundamental contributions.

The History of Rome: From the Conquest of Carthage to the End of the Republic, Theodor Mommsen, Meridian Books, 1958

Hardcover. Minor shelf wear to dust jacket which is in a protective sleeve. Very good condition.