This volume offers a fresh insight into the development of a great historian, as well as giving a readable approach to late Republican and early Imperial Roman history. Drafted in 1934-35, but laid aside in favour of "The Roman Revolution" (1939), "The Provincial at Rome" was to have been Ronald Syme's first book. It is a study of the enlargement of the Roman elite in the early empire, an analysis, in 13 chapters, of the Emperor Claudius' enrolement of "Gallic chieftains" into the Senate in AD 48. This edition also includes five previoulsy unpublished papers dealing with Rome's conquest of the Balkans, a region Syme knew intimately.
Sir Ronald Syme was regarded long before his death in 1989 as the twentieth-century's pre-eminent historian of ancient Rome. He was Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, 1929-49; Professor of Classical Philology, Istanbul, 1942-45; Camden Professor of Ancient History and Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, 1949-70; Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, 1970-1989. Anthony Birley is Professor of Ancient History in the University of Dusseldorf and was previously Professor of Ancient History in the University of Manchester. He is the author of many books on Rome and editor of Syme's Roman Papers III-VII and Anatolica.