The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire

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This book aims at describing something of the life and work, of the thought and conditions, that existed during the first three centuries of that great experiment in government which men term the Roman Empire. I have omitted much--details of constitutional theory, of the organization of the Civil Service, of economics-- because I understand little about them. I have tried to present to the ordinary educated reader a general sketch, with frequent quotations of what the inhabitants of the Empire thought and said. If that reader finds some kinship with those inhabitants in their daily life and problems, and if he discovers an interest in the whole vitally important period, I shall have achieved what I wish.

How much I owe to friends who have helped in various ways--to Prof. F. E. Adcock, to the Principal of Brasenose, to Colonel T. Morris, to Prof. A. D. Nock, to Prof. I. A. Richmond--cannot be adequately expressed here, but will readily be guessed by those who know them. Above all I must record my deep gratitude to Dr. N. H. Baynes for his unwearying interest and encouragement over the long years during which I have been thinking about and writing this book. How much better it might be I know, yet I hope it may not be utterly unworthy of the great kindness either of these friends or of those other friends to whom I dedicate it.

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