Mommsen's The History of Rome was a major influence on the concept of ancient history during the last half of the nineteenth century. His book was translated into every major language and gained favour with a huge international public. It has remained the most indispensable core work in the field of Roman studies, its lasting success lying in Mommsen's 'incomparable mastery of every aspect of civilization'.
'… it is a marvellous book, striking in detail, lucid and pleasingly unfair in argument, deeply sound in its root feelings and prejudices and genuinely helpful. … It is years since I came across such a great book.' - Spectator