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By Robin Osborne, Simon Hornblower

2500 years in the past, democracy was once born in classical Athens. This selection of essays by way of twenty-two top students from the united kingdom, Europe, and the USA, is a dual celebration--it marks this get together and likewise the sixty-fifth birthday of David Lewis, Professor of historic heritage on the college of Oxford. The essays talk about the spiritual, monetary, and political points of Athenian democracy, and all provide new interpretations of the topic, paying specific realization to epigraphy, Lewis's speciality.

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Eius ductu Persae, cum primum superavissent, 4 ad extremum triumpho cessere, rege Vologeso. Lucius p aucis diebus moritur, hincque materies fingendi 6 dolo consanguinei circumventum; quem ferunt, cum invidia gestarum rerum angeretur, fraudem inter D I E R Ö M I S C H E N KA I S E R 53 hört. I n den zwanzig Jahren, i n denen e r regierte, blieb er ganz derselbe, wobei er den 9 00. Gründungstag der Stadt durch eine prächtige Feier beging. Es könnte zwar als Beweis von Schlaffheit erscheinen, daß er keinen Tri­ umph errang.

Sie söhnten sich, kaum und mit Not von besonneneren Leuten zurückgehalten, schließlich mit den Senatoren aus. Nichtsdestoweniger versuchten sie von sich aus einen Krieg anzuzetteln, weil sie der Wechsel in der Herrschaft betrübte, durch den ihnen mit den großzügi­ gen Gaben ihre Beute verloren gegangen war. Bis zu dieser Zeit übten aus Rom oder Italien Stam­ mende die Herrschaft aus, von j etzt an auch Fremde, vielleicht, wie bei Tarquinius Priscus, weit B essere. Für mich, der ich viel gehört und gelesen habe, ist ganz und gar ausgemacht, daß Rom vor allem durch die Tüchtig­ keit Auswärtiger und durch importierte Fähigkeiten groß geworden ist.

Cumque eo modo plures confecisset, forte eum Scaeva nomine, audacia ac robore corporis pugnandique arte pervi­ gens, ab studio tali deterruit; qui spreto gladio, quem 13 14 r5 17 2 4 D I E R Ö M I S CH E N KAI S E R 57 schrecklich heimgesucht hatte, ferner Ephesus i n Asien und Nikomedien in Bithynien, die durch Erdbeben zer­ stört worden waren, ähnlich wie zu unserer Zeit aber­ mals Nikomedien unter dem Konsulat des Cerealis. Tri­ umphe fanden statt über Völker, deren Gebiet sich unter der Herrschaft des Marcomarus von der pannonischen Stadt namens Carnutum bis in die Mitte Galliens erstreckte.

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