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Ronald Syme

New Zealand born British historian and classicist (1903-1989)

1903   -   1989

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, New Zealand
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Auckland, Oriel College, Victoria University of Wellington
occupation: historian, university teacher, classical scholar, translator, scientist
award received: Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, Order of Merit, Kenyon Medal, honorary doctorate of the University of Graz, Fellow of the British Academy, Knight Bachelor

Sir Ronald Syme, (11 March 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a New Zealand-born historian and classicist. He was regarded as the greatest historian of ancient Rome since Theodor Mommsen and the most brilliant exponent of the history of the Roman Empire since Edward Gibbon. His great work was The Roman Revolution (1939), a masterly and controversial analysis of Roman political life in the period following the assassination of Julius Caesar.
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