"[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
About the Author
Ronald Syme is at Wolfson College, Oxford.