from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mommsen, Theodor 1817-1903. German historian whose best-known work is the three-volume History of Rome (1854-1856). He won the 1902 Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • n. German historian noted for his history of Rome (1817-1903)


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  • Mommsen is a bit romantic about the Germans; gives a great account of Trajan's column; is utterly fascinated by the Jews (apparently he was an anti-Semite as regards contemporary public policy in Germany, but it doesn't really come across in his historical analysis - see comment from selenak below), very good on Palmyra, Persia and Ethiopia; very bigoted on Africa (ie Tunisia/Algeria) and Syria.

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  • The Provinces of the Roman Empire, from Caesar to Diocletian was one of the later volumes in Mommsen's series (or possibly two, depending how you count them), surveying everywhere other than central and southern Italy, starting with northern Italy (including the Adriatic) and then going clockwise around the borders starting with Spain and ending with Mauretania (modern Morocco).

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  • Books 6 and 7 were not completed in Mommsen's lifetime.

    January 2008

  • Various critics have objected that Mommsen is sometimes carried away by his genius for subjective passionate judgments, especially in his frequently unfavourable remarks concerning the last partisans of dying freedom and the opponents of Caesar, and concerning those who wavered between the parties during those hard times.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1902 - Presentation Speech

  • One finds in Mommsen a curious combination of qualities.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1902 - Presentation Speech

  • Mommsen is both a scholar and an artist, and at eighty-five he is young in his works.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1902 - Presentation Speech

  • Mommsen is an old man, but he possesses the fire of youth, and one rarely realizes as clearly as when reading Mommsen's R├Âmische

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1902 - Presentation Speech

  • A very important witness is the document known as Mommsen's Canon, a manuscript of the tenth century, but whose original has been ascertained to date from West Africa about the year 360.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Although I suppose the answer to who are among the greatest scholars could be answered later in time with more objectivity, like we can say now with some objectivity that Mommsen was one of the greatest classicists evar.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Inaccurate legal claim from the Democratic Governors Association

  • Another point that is clear from Mommsen, but denied by Gibbon in the face of the evidence, is that the Empire's boundaries were actually fairly fluid where geography allowed; central Germany, lowland Scotland, Dacia, and the eastern frontier of Mesopotamia and Armenia all slipped in and out of Roman control over the years.

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