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ARNOLD, Thomas.

History of the Later Roman Commonwealth,

from the End of the Second Punic War to the Death of Julius Caesar; and of the Reign of Augustus: with a Life of Trajan. Republished from "The Encyclopaedia Metropolitana".

London: B. Fellowes [& 6 others in London]; J. H. Parker, Oxford; J. and J. J. Deighton, Cambridge, 1845 Stock Code: 141150
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First edition in book form of a series of articles on Roman history by the British headmaster and historian Thomas Arnold (1795-1842). Originally written between 1823 and 1827, the pieces first appeared in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. "The intellectual basis for Arnold's writings was his composite theory of universal history, derived essentially from a synthesis of the views of Aristotle, Thucydides, Giovanni Battista Vico, and Niebuhr, which could be applied practically to society and its problems. For Arnold history was a divine process, and the stages of a nation's life were cyclically determined, following laws of natural historical development" (ODNB).

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2 volumes, octavo. Original dark green vertically ribbed cloth, titles to spine gilt, decorations to boards in blind, pale yellow endpapers.


Bookplate of Arthur Shepherd to front pastedowns. Extremities slightly bumped, faint spotting to prelims and endmatters, short closed tear to margin of Volume I half-title. Otherwise a near-fine, bright set.


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