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M.I. Finley

22 December 1983
Death and Renewal. Sociological Studies​ in Roman History: Vol. II 
by Keith Hopkins.
Cambridge,​ 276 pp., £19.50, May 1983, 0 521 24991 0
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... of the Roman aristocracy. Hopkins takes impish pleasure in cocking a snook time and again at traditional historians, but there is no cause for the anger that has been aroused, as when Professor Badian in reviewing the earlier volume wrote that ‘the feuding against “conventional” historians is deplorable.’ It may be tiresome after a while, but it cannot be condemned if it has more than a ...

Bonkers about Boys

James​ Davidson: Alexander the Great

1 November 2001
Alexander​ the Great in Fact and Fiction 
edited​ by A.B. Bosworth and E.J. Baynham.
Oxford, 370 pp., £35, September​ 2000, 0 19 815287 6
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... lack of circumspection, properengagement with the work of older scholars, clarity of exposition, and a satisfying bluntness in critical asides – some nice examples here, typically, from Ernst Badian in an article on conspiracies. And one wouldn’t wish on any subject the type of Lacanian analysis, rhetorics of gender and queer theory, which afflict other areas of ancient history. But there are  ...

Syme’s Revolution

Hugh Lloyd-Jones

24 January 1980
Roman Papers 
by Ronald Syme, edited​ by E. Badian.
Oxford, 878 pp., £35, November​ 1980, 0 19 814367 2
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... During the fifty years that have elapsed since the publication of the earliest of the essays collected in these volumes, there has been a revolution in the study of Roman history in which Ronald Syme has played a part comparable with that of Augustus in the revolution which his most famous book describes. When his career began, that study was still dominated by the gigantic figure of Theodor Mommsen ...

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