These fifty-nine papers on Roman history complete the collection of Sir Ronald Syme's life work. Volume VI covers such varied topics as human rights and social status at Rome; marriage ages for senators; oligarchy at Rome; a paradigm for political science; military geography; diet at Capri; early priesthood; and unrecognized authors from Spain. Volume VII contains later, unpublished work that was still in manuscript form at the time of his death in 1989. The final paper is an ingenious spoof on Tacitus, comprising a Latin text on the story of Titus and Berenice and historical commentary.
'two years after the death of the great Oxford scholar, two further volumes were published, again under the careful supervision of A. R. Birley. To him we also owe the extensive index of manes (VII, 663-710) which makes the wealth of the material handled by Syme accessible. Not everybody would have put in this amount of effort and care... Syme's main interest was in themes of a prosopographical nature, particularly concerned with senatorial and masterly essay
style... done with his characteristic mastery and restraint.'
Werner Eck, Cologne 'The final two volumes exhibit the breadth, erudition, wit and point that readers have come to expect and enjoy. It may be predicted with confidence that this jeu d'esprit will be the fulcrum of many a future study of twentieth-century historiography in general and of Syme and his work in particular.'
David Braund, University of Exeter, The Classical Review, Vol. XLIII, No. 1, 1993 'These volumes represent the final as well as the most recent publications of a greatly renowned scholar ... his acute judgment and learning will abide.'
Ramsay MacMullen, Arion