`his work, well documented and well written, extraordinarily persuasive and interesting, is the best book on Roman history that has appeared for many years' Sir Maurice Bowra, Spectator
`one of the most important books on Roman history since Mommsen' A.F. Giles, Classical Review
`the most complete and the most challenging history of its subject which has appeared for many years, in England perhaps at any time ... Nor is this book only for the specialist, for the subject is of prime importance, the information is the best which modern research can provide.' Oxford Magazine
About the Author
Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989), one of the most distinguished Roman historians, was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University. In addition to numerous awards and honors, he collected honorary degrees in eleven countries on five continents.