Anatolica: Studies in Strabo

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRonald SymeEditorAnthony R. Birley

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No historian of ancient Rome in this century has had a greater influence on historical research or won greater international acclaim than Sir Ronald Syne (1903-89). His outstanding position was due mainly to his first two books, The Roman Revolution, which appeared in 1939, and Tacitus (twovolumes, 1958) - although he went on to produce many more monographs, and seven volumes of his Roman Papers have so far appeared. The long gap between his first two books is partly explained by the war, which took him on official duties to Belgrade and Ankara; and he spent the years 1943-5 atIstanbul as Professor of Classical Philology. It was known that in spite of the war, Syme had continued to write in these years, in particular `Strabonia', investigations into the famous ancient Geography composed by Strabo, a native of Asia Minor in the time of Augustus. After Syme's death, themanuscript was discovered among his papers: he had not quite completed the work, but what he had written, with almost complete annotation, represents a substantial and fascinating study of the historical geography of Anatolia in the Hellenistic and early Roman period. Syme ruthlessly dissects theoften incoherent and inconsistent text of Strabo, at the same time providing rich detail on client kings, Roman generals and emperors, writers and travellers. Above all, he shows unequalled ability to understand the landscape and settlement of Anatolia; and the work is composed in the same forcefuland elegant style that made his other books classics of historical literature.

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No historian of ancient Rome in this century has had a greater influence on historical research or won greater international acclaim than Sir Ronald Syne (1903-89). His outstanding position was due mainly to his first two books, The Roman Revolution, which appeared in 1939, and Tacitus (twovolumes, 1958) - although he went on to produ...

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No historian of ancient Rome in this century has had a greater influence on historical research or won greater international acclaim than Sir Ronald Syme. His outstanding position was due mainly to his first two books, The Roman Revolution, which appeared in 1939, and Tacitus (two volumes, 1958) - although he went on to produce many mo...

Anthony R. Birley is at University of Dusseldorf.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`Even more striking than the work's wide geographical scope is the range of approaches and techniques deployed ... Anatolica is a splendid and valuable collection of both detailed and far-reaching studies, tackling and satisfactorily solving many apparently intractable textual and historicalproblems ...'Katherine Clarke, Christ Church, Oxford, Gnomon, vol 71, 1999