Ronald Syme


Born
in Eltham, New Zealand
March 11, 1903

Died
September 04, 1989


Sir Ronald Syme, OM, FBA (11 March 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a New Zealand-born historian and classicist. Long associated with Oxford University, he is widely regarded as the 20th century's greatest historian of ancient Rome. His great work was The Roman Revolution (1939), a masterly and controversial analysis of Roman political life in the period following the assassination of Julius Caesar.

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The Roman Revolution

4.24 avg rating — 753 ratings — published 1939 — 19 editions
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Tacitus (2 Volumes)

4.59 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1958 — 3 editions
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The Augustan Aristocracy

3.82 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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Magellan: First Around the ...

3.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1953 — 2 editions
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Vasco de Gama

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First Man to Cross America:...

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John Smith of Virginia

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Henry Hudson

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“A democracy cannot rule an empire. Neither can one man, though empire may appear to presuppose monarchy. There is always an oligarchy somewhere, open or concealed.”
Ronald Syme

“Individuals capture attention and engross history, but the most revolutionary changes in Roman politics were the work of families or of a few men.”
Ronald Syme, The Roman Revolution

“When the individuals and classes that have gained wealth, honours and power through revolution emerge as champions of ordered government, they do not surrender anything.”
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