Romanization in the Time of Augustus
  • Mar 25, 2008
    20 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300137538
  • Paper: $19.00 tx
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Romanization in the Time of Augustus

  • Ramsay MacMullen


Ramsay MacMullen is the recipient of a lifetime Award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association (awarded Jan. 5, 2001). The citation begins, “Ramsay MacMullen is the greatest historian of the Roman Empire alive today.”

“[A] significant contribution to the understanding of what is meant by the term ‘Romanization.’”—R. I. Curtis, University of Georgia

“In his latest book, Ramsay MacMullen continues his enviable tradition of identifying a subject with wide implications and dealing with it concisely. The book is a timely contribution to our revitalized assessment of a pivotal period.”—Karl Galinsky, American Historical Review

“Whereas Romanization is sometimes touched on in other late republican and Augustan studies, MacMullen gives the subject the full treatment that it deserves. Romanization in the Time of Augustus will be of value to all who have a personal or professional interest in Roman civilization.”—Randolph H. Lytton, History

“This is a little gem of a book; its scholarship is what we have come to expect from its author, comprehensive and provocative. It is certain to become the starting point for students of the complex historical phenomenon of Romanization.”—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

“Fans of Ramsay MacMullen’s prolific output will find in this latest volume all the ingredients of his previous successes. . . . The writing is elegant and lucid. . . . This small book with its large theme is important enough to merit both attention and critical evaluation; and whether it inspires imitation or provokes a creative resistance, the scholarly community is lucky to have it.”—Greg Woolf, Journal of Roman Archaeology

“One of the most outstanding historians of the ancient world.”—Anthony A. Barrett, The Historian (refers to author)

“This is a challenging and stimulating work that should be read widely, if only to counter the current tendency to denigrate the many outstanding achievements of imperial Rome.”—Anthony A. Barrett, The Historian

“MacMullen’s study succeeds admirably. He has taken a huge body of complex material and produced attractive answers to important questions. His documentation is transparent and exemplary, allowing readers to follow him and check his conclusions at every turn. . . . Readers interested in the origins of their cultural patrimony will be well served by this book.”—Geoffrey Bakewell, Theological Studies

 “The book is a ‘must-buy.’ The work is original and important, the scholarship comprehensive, and the style clear and readable.”—Colin Wells, Trinity University