by VELLEIUS PATERCULUS, Marcus (or Gaius Velleius Paterculus) (c. 19 B.C.-c. 31 A.D.); Pieter BURMAN the elder (1668-1741).
Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden, Netherlands]:: Apud Samuelem Luchtmans. 1719. hardcover. ¶ 8vo. [xl], 748,  pp. Engraved half title plate by F. Bleyswyk. [Bleyswyck], red and black title with printers device woodcut,. decorative initials and tailpieces, index; occasional light foxing.. Original gilt and blind-stamped full calf, five raised bands with. gilt-stamped maroon spine piece; worn, joints cracked but reinforced. with painted Kozo paper. Ownership blind emboss stamps on first and. last few leaves, including title. Binding worn, internally very good.. This Compendium of Roman History by Velleius is an early edition of Dutch classical scholar, Pieter Burman the elder. His history, written in a rhetorical style, covered the period from the end of the Trojan War to the death of Livia in 29 A.D., and most useful for the period from the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the death of Augustus in 14 A.D. ¶ Bryan, Michael. Bryans Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Volume 1. G. Bell, 1903. p. 145. Velleius Paterculus' short work is the earliest surviving attempt on the part of a post-Augustan historian to survey the history of the res publica from its origins to his own times. In a period from which no other contemporary historical narrative survives in more than meagre fragments, Velleius' work is uniquely important. It is a critical counter to the later accounts of Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio, not simply because it offers a different view of Tiberius, but because Velleius saw continuity where later authors saw only radical change which destroyed the Republic and put monarchy in its place. For other reasons, too, Velleius occupies a unique position in Roman historiography. See: Eleanor Cowan, ed., Velleius Paterculus: Making History, Classical Press of Wales, 2011. . 2 (Inventory #: LV2044)
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