Classics (1632)

Boxhorn, Marcus Zuerius Van (Edit.)

Scriptores Historaie Augustae: Aelius Spartianus, Julius Capitolinus, Aelius Lampridius, Vulcatius Gallicanus, Trebellius Pollio, et Flavius Vopiscus. M. Boxhorn-Zverius recensuit et animadversionibus

Published: Jean Maire (Leiden, Netherlands)

Date: 1632

browned gilt titles spine; b/w. engraved title page by the Flemish artist Willem Outgertsz Akersloot (1600-1651); Latin text; edited by the Dutch scholar & linguist Professor Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn this is a history of Rome written by six classical Latin authors detailing biographies of the emperors and the empire's most important figures; appendices contain: "the inscriptions of the ancient designs of some of the generals whose life is here described." & a brief history of the six authors whose observations make up this book. Although criticisms still form the prevailing view on the History's literary worth, modern scholars such as Rohrbacher have begun to argue that, while it is poorly written and not a stylistic or polished work, its use of allusion as a vehicle for parodying popular late 4th century biographical and historiographical works means that the very features which were once a cause for intense criticism (such as the inclusion of irrelevant or contradictory inventions alongside traditionally sourced material) are actually an intentional and integral part of the work, making it one of the most unique pieces of literature to emerge from the ancient world. Inside front cover is the bookplate of Edward Wells (1667-1727) - English mathematician, geographer, and controversial theologian - together with various other inscriptions of previous owners (one dated 1749); front endpaper has some writing in Latin & on both sides of the rear endpaper is a handwritten index of Roman Generals with the page number on which they are mentioned. 816 pages.

the book is in sound condition & the Vellum covers a little soiled as might be expected from a well-used book of this age.



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