Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline / Edition 1

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Republication of David Lowenthal's elegant translation of Montesquieu's neglected study of the Romans--an indispensable source for understanding the philosopher's treatment of Rome in The Spirit of the Laws--makes the book available to a new generation of English-language readers. Lowenthal's perceptive introduction and useful notes also deserve the attention of those who can read Montesquieu in the original French. --James W. Muller, University of Alaska, Anchorage

It is wonderful to have David Lowenthal's splendid translation of Montesquieu's Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline back in print. This neglected masterpiece deserves attention from all who are concerned with self-government--whether their focus is on history or on its prospects in our own time. --Paul A. Rahe, University of Tulsa

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Reprints Lowenthal's translation with notes, published in 1965 by The Free Press. In one of his lesser known efforts, the great French essayist Montesquieu (1689-1755) starts with the beginnings of Rome and considers the characteristics of the people, the expansion, and the empire. Then he chronicles its decline, reign by reign, until there is nothing left of the Western Empire and he leaps to the Eastern. The French original was published in 1734 in Holland. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204966
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 1,007,659

Meet the Author

David Lowenthal is Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Boston College.

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