London: John Pemberton, 1721. Hardcover. small Octavo, , , vii, . 264 pages. ; VG; bound in full contemporary mottled calf, single gilt rule to boards; paneled spine with brown label and gilt lettering; bookplate to front pastedown; mild age-toning to pages; shelved case 7. Marcus Velleius Paterculus (c. 19 BC - c. AD 31), also known as Velleius, was a Roman historian. His History, written in a highly rhetorical style, covered the period from the dispersion of the Greeks after the siege of Troy down to the death of Livia (AD 29), but is most useful for the period from the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. to the death of Augustus in 14 AD. His History consists of two books dedicated to M. Vinicius. The first book brings the history down to the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC; portions of it are missing, including the beginning. The later history, especially the period from the death of Julius Caesar, 44 BC, to the death of Augustus, AD 14, is treated in much greater detail. The text of the work, preserved in a single badly written and mutilated manuscript (discovered by Beatus Rhenanus in 1515 in Murbach Abbey in Alsace and now lost), is very corrupt.;. Dupont.
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