Roman Provincial Administration till the Age of the Antonines.
Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1949. 2nd impr. 182p. Folding map. Original green gilt titled cloth with dust wrps. Dust wrps a little bit wrinkled to upper edge and a bit worn to head and tail spine. Initials stamp, date and small personal library mark on free endpaper. ‘Let it be said at once that Mr. Stevenson has written a first-rate book, and one that will undoubtedly replace Arnold’s ‘Roman Provincial Administration’ as the standard authority on the subject. Mr. Stevenson carries his learning lightly, and his book can be read with pleasure and profit not only by the specialist but also by the ordinary classicist who has a fair background of Roman history. (…). On the whole his book is less detailed but broader in scope (than Arnold in his book - ND). He begins with a ‘brief historical summary of the growth of the Roman Empire’. (…) S. adopts what is now the orthodox view that ‘it is impossible to attribute to the government of the Republic a systematic policy of expansion’, and he concluded that her empire came to her ‘almost unsought’. (…) A whole chapter is devoted to the ‘client princes’ of Rome, provincial administration under the Republic and the early Principate respectively: the author, unlike Arnold, wisely makes no attempt to del with complex problems presented by the later Empire. He concludes with chapters on provincial taxation and the municipal system.’ (J.M. COBBAN, The Journal of Roman Studies, 1940, p.103).