1575 Valerius Maximus Dictorum Factorum ROME Tiberius Scipio Badius FOLIO

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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 1575 folio edition was collected and edited by Oliver di Arzignano with commentary by Josse Badius and Theophilus Chalcondyle.

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1575 Valerius Maximus Dictorum Factorum ROME Tiberius Scipio Badius FOLIO

 

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 1575 folio edition was collected and edited by Oliver di Arzignano with commentary by Josse Badius and Theophilus Chalcondyle.

 

Item number: #23466

Price: $995

 

MAXIMUS, Valerius

 

Valerii Maximi dictorum factorumque memorabilium, libri IX

 

Venetiis: Apud haeredes J.M. Bonelli, 1575.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [20], 231 leaves
    • Numerous illustrated initials throughout
  • References: USTC 861809
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Vellum; tight and secure
  • Size: ~11.75in X 8.25in (30cm x 21cm)

 

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Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

Philosophy

Authors

MAXIMUS, Valerius

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete