1726 Valerius Maximus Dictorum Factorum ROME Tiberius Latin Dutch Torrenius 2v

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A rare printing of Valerius’s “Dictorum et Factorum” or Historical Anecdotes. This work is a collection of short stories, sayings, and phrases, memorial to Tiberius Caesar, who was reigning during Valerius’ lifetime. These anecdotes depict ancient Greek life and philosophy as well as famous kings and Caesars. Many modern historians claim that Valerius’s work was taken from Cicero, Livy, and Sallust, as well as other ancient historians and philosophers, rather than creating original works.

 

However, many of the topics he writes about were controversial and unusual for the time – he wrote on homosexuality within the Roman army and the aristocracy of ancient Greece. While homosexually itself was written on, it was only considered tolerable in a ‘master-slave’ relationship; not within a public and high status sense. Other topics include omens, revenge, superstitious cults, women lawyers, modesty, crimes, and conflicting political views. Notable names mentioned in this famous work include Scipio Africanus, Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus, and Alexander the Great!

 

This 1726 edition was edited by Dutch scholar Abraham Torrenius, and, according to Dibdin, is

the best edited of the Dutch classics! The text of the author is very neatly and accurately printed, and the critical and explanatory notes of Torrenius are excellent. It contains the entire notes of Glareanus, Pighius, Lipsius, Colerus, and Vorstius; and the published ones of Barthius, Guretus, and Gudius.”

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1726 Valerius Maximus Dictorum Factorum ROME Tiberius Latin Dutch Torrenius 2v

 

A rare printing of Valerius’s “Dictorum et Factorum” or Historical Anecdotes. This work is a collection of short stories, sayings, and phrases, memorial to Tiberius Caesar, who was reigning during Valerius’ lifetime. These anecdotes depict ancient Greek life and philosophy as well as famous kings and Caesars. Many modern historians claim that Valerius’s work was taken from Cicero, Livy, and Sallust, as well as other ancient historians and philosophers, rather than creating original works.

 

However, many of the topics he writes about were controversial and unusual for the time – he wrote on homosexuality within the Roman army and the aristocracy of ancient Greece. While homosexually itself was written on, it was only considered tolerable in a ‘master-slave’ relationship; not within a public and high status sense. Other topics include omens, revenge, superstitious cults, women lawyers, modesty, crimes, and conflicting political views. Notable names mentioned in this famous work include Scipio Africanus, Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus, and Alexander the Great!

 

This 1726 edition was edited by Dutch scholar Abraham Torrenius, and, according to Dibdin, is

the best edited of the Dutch classics! The text of the author is very neatly and accurately printed, and the critical and explanatory notes of Torrenius are excellent. It contains the entire notes of Glareanus, Pighius, Lipsius, Colerus, and Vorstius; and the published ones of Barthius, Guretus, and Gudius.”

 

Item number: #8364

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MAXIMUS, Valerius

 

Valerii Maximi Libri Novem Factorum Dictorumque Memorabilium : Cum Notis integris Henrici Loriti Glareani, Stephani Pighii, Justi Lipsii, Christophori Coleri, Et Johannis Vorstii ; Nec non Selectis aliorum Observationibus.

 

Leiden: Apud Samuelem Luchtmans, 1726.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 volumes
    • I – [48], 520
    • II – [2], 521-914 (i.e. 916), [184]
  • References: Dibdin II, 522
  • Provenance: Armorial Bookplate
    • Ex Libris Marchionis Salsae
    • Motto: “Comme Je Fus”
      • Ward family motto
    • Language: Latin
    • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
    • Size: ~10in X 8.5in (25.5cm x 22cm)

 

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8364

Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

Philosophy

Authors

MAXIMUS, Valerius

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete