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By Ronald Syme

Ahead of his loss of life in past due 1989, Sir Ronald Syme authorized the ebook of those fifty nine papers on Roman background which whole this selection of his life's paintings. quantity VI covers such different issues as Human Rights and Social prestige at Rome, Marriage a while for Roman Senators, Oligarchy at Rome: A Paradigm for Political technology, army Geography at Rome, nutrition on Capri, A Dozen Early Priesthoods, and a few Unrecognized Authors from Spain . quantity VII includes exclusively later, unpublished paintings which used to be nonetheless in manuscript shape on the time of Sir Ronald's dying. the ultimate merchandise is a spoof on Tacitus, comprising a Latin textual content at the tale of Titus and Berenice with historic observation. The paintings is aimed toward students and scholars of Roman background, Roman literature, Roman philosophy, and classics.

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But D ecius in one respect is anomalous, for he was a senator and a senior ex-consul when he seized the power. Better, the high equestrian officer Maximinus, in command of Danubian levies and proclaimed emperor by the army after the assassination of Severus Alexander. fiction. IJ There remains the testimony of Herodil an, which calls for a careful assessment. According to Herodian, Maximinus began as a shepherd, a village boy from the 'Thracians of the For the earliest military posu see B. Gerov, AA11tH1111g xv (1967), 85 ff.

15 To proceed therefore to Claudius and Aurelian. About the local origin of Claudius, the Historia Augusca (so it appears) found no information in its sources. Instead, it toys with fancies about either Dalmatia or Dardania (Claud. II, 9), and the matter is further complicated by intrusion of the fabricated ancestry of Constantine (13, 2, see below). As for Aurelian, the author of the Historia Augusta imports confusion through his predilection for variant versions, genuine or invented: that is, Sirmium, 'ut plures loquuntur', or 'Dacia Ripensis, ut nonnulli'.

9, 2. rs Anon. Val. 5, 13. Yet 'Nova Dacia' might connote Ripensis in the first instance rather than Mediterranea, as does 'Dacia Nova' in the passage of Lactantius cited in the previous footnote. 896 Dam1bian and Balkan Emperors [314 not able to supply either the name of his father or the region of his provenience. One must therefore tum to Julian, the grandson of Constantius. Julian twice refers to himself as a 'Thracian'. 19 That is in wilful deprecation, to sharpen the contrast with the frivolous and effeminate inhabitants of Antioch.

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