Cornelius Nepos (Loeb Classical Library #467) (Hardcover)

Cornelius Nepos (Loeb Classical Library #467) By Cornelius Nepos, J. C. Rolfe (Translator) Cover Image
By Cornelius Nepos, J. C. Rolfe (Translator)
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Roman biographies of foreign commanders.

Cornelius Nepos was born in Cisalpine Gaul but lived in Rome and was a friend of Cicero, Atticus, and Catullus. Most of his writings, which included poems, moral examples from history, a chronological sketch of general history, a geographical work, Lives of Cato the Elder and Cicero, and other biographies, are lost. Extant is a portion of his De viris illustribus: (i) part of his parallel Lives of Roman and non-Roman famous men, namely the portion containing Lives of non-Roman generals (all Greeks except three) and a chapter on kings; and (ii) two Lives from the class of historians. The Lives are short popular biographies of various kinds, written in a usually plain readable style, of value today because of Nepos' use of many good sources.
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ISBN: 9780674995147
ISBN-10: 0674995147
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Pages: 368
Language: Latin
Series: Loeb Classical Library