By Theodor Mommsen
One big name out of necessity. Mommsen by no means may have sought after this fabric to work out the sunshine of day. This publication is abstracted and redacted from type notes of scholars taking a process his at the the heritage of the Roman Empire!! Mommsen particularly 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 used to be so synthetic and Mommsen's identify hooked up to it really is an insult to 1 of the best if no longer the best historian of his time. It additionally presents the reader with totally no info that's not much better coated in other places.
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Even Wilamowitz165 thought that the principal interest in publication of the lecture notes revolved around the insight they would provide into Mommsen’s own ‘historical development…. If publication is to take place, then so too must a meticulous examination and editing; and even the quotations will have to be checked’. This would require an ‘expert and diplomatic individual’. I do not suppose that this book will acquire a significance comparable with other posthumously published lecture notes—such as Hegel’s Philosophy of History (1837) or Philosophy of Law (1983), Niebuhr’s History of Rome (1844), Boeckh’s Encyclopaedia and Methodology of the Philological Sciences (1877), Treitschke’s Politics (1897), Burckhardt’s Observations on World History (1905), Max Weber’s History of Economics (1923), Kant’s Ethics (1924) or Droysen’s Historik (1937).
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. It is striking that the institutions which we would have expected a liberal like Mommsen to be particularly sympathetic to, the Senate and the popular assemblies, are dealt with much more cursorily, and that Mommsen denies them independent authority: their function is rather to assist the work of the magistrates by giving assent and legitimacy to their actions.
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.
A History of Rome under the Emperors by Theodor Mommsen