The Augustan Aristocracy

The Augustan Aristocracy

by Ronald Syme
     
 

While the monarchy established by Caesar Augustus has attracted much scholarly attention, far less has been said about the reemergence of the old nobility at that time after years of civil war. One clear reason for this has been the lack of reliable evidence from the period. This book goes backward to the early years of the first century B.C. and forward to the

Overview

While the monarchy established by Caesar Augustus has attracted much scholarly attention, far less has been said about the reemergence of the old nobility at that time after years of civil war. One clear reason for this has been the lack of reliable evidence from the period. This book goes backward to the early years of the first century B.C. and forward to the reign of Nero in search of documentation of the Augustan aristocracy. Syme draws particularly on the Annals of Tacitus to cover 150 years in the history of Roman families, chronicling their splendor and success, as well as their subsequent fall within the embrace of the dynasty.

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"[Written in] a style that resembles ancient stonework, where every word, small and plain in itself, is so finished that no mortar is needed. Between the seemingly abrupt sentences runs a current of feeling generated by Syme's profound understanding of the ironies of political history."—The Christian Science Monitor

"Any investigation of the period must now consider this expansion of Syme's earlier prosopographical research."—Religious Studies Review

"The detailed knowledge and ingenuity in this partial reconstruction are awesome. Ronald Syme's talents here are unmatched....Anyone commenting on the life or career of Augustan aristocrats will need to consult this book for revisions of standard views in order to avoid the sin of 'inadvertence.'...The theme is compelling, not only because of the mass of prosopographical detail but also because of Syme's exquisite sensitivity to the political culture of the Augustan age....A masterpiece."—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198148593
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/19/1987
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
1300L (what's this?)

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Wolfson College, Oxford

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