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The Augustan Aristocracy (Clarendon Paperbacks) Paperback – 1 Jun 1989
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'Syme is masterful. His capacity to wring information about parentage, career, and office from the driest fragmentary inscription and marry it with other material is legendary.' The Times
'This is a book to incite wonder ... no general reader with the least enthusiasm for political history of any age could fail to find it compelling.' Times Literary Supplement
'This book belongs to the rarest of categories: books that one wishes were longer and whose end is approached with a grudging reluctance.' Sunday Telegraph
'Between the seemingly abrupt sentences runs a current of feeling generated by Syme's profound understanding of the ironies of political history.' Thomas D'Evelyn The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
Ronald Syme is at Wolfson College, Oxford.
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My only criticism is that he relied too much on Tacitus and did not understand Amyntas of Galatia. He knew that the Christian churches mentioned by St. Paul at Lystra, Derbe, Antioch in Pisidia etc. are the oldest known, but failed to see that Antioch and its sister cities, Lystra and Tavium were all centers of Amyntas, whose name may have been 'Amen' and whose palace was at Isauria. I also feel that the price of the book is exorbitant.
Most of Sir Ronald's books are now out of print. Therefore it is all the more disgraceful that his longtime publisher, Oxford University Press should charge $137.00 for the paperback edition of one of the few of his books to remain in print. The
usual excuses for such price inflation are that the book has only limited appeal and the academic publisher must offset the expense. of publication by gouging the few readers expected to buy the book, and that the high cost of the book to the reader allows the press to offset the cost of publishing other similar commercially unviable but academically valuable titles. These arguments would be legitimate (however distasteful the result for the reader who may find it necessary to buy the book) if this book were published by, e.g, Southern Illinois University Press, but this is the OUP, for God's sake, whose popular editions of classics can be found on the shelves of every Barnes and Nobles and Borders throughout the world. Surely the OUP sells enough copies of Dickens, Mary Shelley etc. to be able to defray the expense of publishing Sir Ronald Syme at a reasonable price?