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R. M. Ogilvie (1932–1981)

Teoksen The Romans and Their Gods in the Age of Augustus tekijä

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Associated Works

History of Rome, books 1-5 [in translation] (0027) — Johdanto, eräät painokset; Kääntäjä, eräät painokset3,402 kappaletta
History of Rome, books 6-10 (0001) — Johdanto, eräät painokset557 kappaletta
Ab urbe condita : libri 1-5 [in Latin] (1914) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset; Toimittaja, eräät painokset98 kappaletta
Opera Minora (1938) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset97 kappaletta

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Another volume read in an ambitious plan to read the Cambridge Ancient History as a whole. Excellent background resource, if someone wants to delve in depth in a particular topic from this era - this would be a starting point, a map to start exploring.
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Saturnin.Ksawery | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 12, 2024 |
Originally published in 1939, but a standard reference until the 1990's, this volume in the series wears well. However, it is eighty two years old by now, and reference to more recent work is obviously warranted for professional and educational reading. That said, there is much remaining to gleaned from this book, and it does point the reader to an informed opinion of later efforts in this field.
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DinadansFriend | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 7, 2021 |
Excellent, despite his decision to exclude 'eastern' religion (Mithras etc...) from the discussion. Essentially, then, a near-perfect short book about traditional Roman religion around the end of the Republic. Highly recommended if you're interested in this kind of thing, which, well, many people probably aren't.
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stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
This is ancient history as it used to be practised, in this case, in 1976. No concerns here with identities, perspectives and discourse. Ogilvie typifies classical history as practised after the war. He relies very much on the written sources - being a historian - but he does make some use of archaeological evidence. His attitude to the written sources (produced, mostly, many centuries after the events they describe) is critical but constructive. Ogilvie rejects the traditional stories found in sources such as Livy as fabrications based on Greek myth and on folklore, but he does search for the general and likely trends behind those stories.

His book is basically a history of early Rome in the late sixth century and the fifth century BC, ending with the Gallic sack of the city in 390 BC. He places Rome in its Etruscan context and sees Rome of the Tarquins as exercising hegemony over Latium. This erodes after the expulsion of the kings and a weakened Rome is forced to come to terms with its near neighbours. The early constitution of the Republic was not as clear cut as later sources portrayed.

The author spends some time weighing options on specific points of early Roman history. These afford a glimpse of a scholar at work, but can also be glossed over by those wanting more overview. These points of detail are a reminder of the paucity of source material that we have for early Roman history and how reliant we are on the historian's reasoning and judgement.
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