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By Theodor Mommsen

One megastar out of necessity. Mommsen by no means may have sought after this fabric to work out the sunshine of day. This booklet is abstracted and redacted from classification notes of scholars taking a process his at the the historical past of the Roman Empire!! Mommsen in particular declined to jot down a ebook at the Roman Empire. He wrote vols. 1-3 and vol. five of what he referred to as "Roman History." vol. four was once so synthetic and Mommsen's identify connected to it really is an insult to 1 of the best if now not the best historian of his time. It additionally presents the reader with completely no info that's not much better coated somewhere else.

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11). To complete the picture, some further material from Mommsen’s 1866 lectures (Göttingen Anonymous) and 1868/9 (Mommsen-Krauseneck, lecture notes nos. 2 and 4: see p. 20) has been included in the notes. II, 315–42] derives from Kurt Hensel, Sebastian’s second son, later a mathematician at Marburg. 170 The following letter, now in the Introduction 29 East Berlin State Library, shows the nature of Kurt’s later relationship with Mommsen: Berlin W. , and that you would prefer me not to call for you.

Most of them are so minor that explicit references to the source would have disfigured the printed text; only the most important have been indicated. The final quarter of the winter 1882/3 course is only available in the AW manuscript: there must originally have been a fourth notebook in addition to the three extant ones of Paul Hensel. Frequent agreement in wording between the two confirms the carefully preserved ipsissima verba of Mommsen. Erich Pernice’s [MP] lecture notes of the summer 1883 course, the History of Rome under the Emperors II, are scant.

III, 155]. In his 1886 lectures he expounded what he had described in 1877163 as the ‘peculiar curse’ of the German nation, the extreme contradictions in their political views that aroused in him ‘blazing fury’ and ‘burning shame’. He set a ‘peculiar blessing’ against this ‘peculiar curse’, referring, in 1877, to such individuals as Frederick the Great. 5. ’164 These words are even truer today, and are the primary reason for deciding to produce this edition. 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….

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