The Roman Empire, B.C. 29-A.D. 476

The Roman Empire, B.C. 29-A.D. 476

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The Roman Empire, B.C. 29-A.D. 476

The Roman Empire, B.C. 29-A.D. 476

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To tell the story of the Roman Empire in its fulness is a task for which no man now living is qualified, and it is probable that the historian who is destined to achieve that task with success has yet to be born. Theodor Mommsen himself never ventured to write a general history of the Imperial period, but contented himself with giving a survey of Roman civilisation as it existed in the various provinces; and his successors -- Hirschfeld, von Domaszewski, Kornemann, Rostowzew, and others-- are still engaged in reducing to order the vast and ever-increasing mass of material afforded by coins, inscriptions and papyri. It is true that Seeck, in his Geschichte des Untergangs der antiken Welt, has treated with some fulness a very important period-- that in which the principate founded by Augustus was finally transformed into an undisguised absolutism by Diocletian and Constantine; but his narrative after all covers but a few years, and, moreover, Seeck is not exempt from the tendency . . .

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