L. Annaei Flori Epitome Rerum Romanorum




Apud Henricum Westenium.





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8vo. 5.75 x 8 inches. [24] + 672 + [4] + 561-588 pp. + [108] pp. index + 46 + [2 blank]. 1* is blank. Commentaries in double columns below main text. Separate half titles for Epitome Altera Histori? Roman?, Excerptiones Chronologicae and Lucius Ampelius ex Bibliotheca Cl. Salmasii. Title page in red and black. Bound in contemporary vellum with handwritten title label, Florus Not: Var: A little age related wear to extremities, fly leaves, etc., but otherwise a very good copy. One early ink note, p. 560. Illustrated by 31 engraved plates, including engraved title, 2 from Trajan's column, one folding in red and black of rostrum column inscription and the rest numismatic. Decorated by title page device, head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. The main text of the Epitome Rerum Romanorum, or Epitome of Roman History, is usually ascribed to Lucius Annaeus Florus (c.74?-130?), possibly an historian from Africa who flourished during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian. It provides a summary, written in a somewhat rhetorical style, of Roman history to the reign of Augustus, partly based on Livy, and was popular as a text book at the time this edition was published. It is extensively footnoted with the views of commentators, including the French classical scholar, Claude Saumaise, or Claudius Salmasius, (1586-1653). In 1609 he published an edition of Florus; his 1638 edition of this work included also for the first time the text of the Liber Memorialis of Lucius Ampelius. This very concise universal history to the time of Trajan was probably written before 224 is added here after the index. It includes the first mention of the Pergamon Altar, now in Berlin, in the Miracula Mundi chapter. Other additions to this edition are an Epitome of the Histori? Roman? of Livy, a chronology of Florus and the comments (Animadversiones) of Johann Georg Greavius (1632-1703), a German classical scholar and editor, who received higher education or held academic posts at Leiden, Amsterdam, Duisburg, Deventer and Utrecht, where he occupied the chairs of rhetoric and history and politics. The work is well illustrated chiefly with fine numismatic plates of Roman medals.

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