The Epitome is an abridged history of Rome from Romulus to Augustus, based on Livy as well as other sources. It is not written frm the point of view of an impartial historian, but is a panegyric which the best interpretation is placed even on Rome's defeats and disasters and instances of Roman valour or virtue elicit exclamations. It is, however, a good description of the growth of the Roman Empire, being written with some literary skill, so long as the reader regards it as a rhetorical commentary rather than a true historical work. Gaius Velleius Patercullus belonged to a family active in civil and military service to the state. He was author of a compendious history of Rome from the earliest times to his own days in two books, the first of which, in its extant form, is incomplete. The history shows partiality for the Caesars and enthusiasm reaching adulation for Tiberius. It is especially valuable for its biographies. It also contains some chapters on the evolution of Latin literature. Latin text.
Publisher: Rodwell et Martin, et al
Date Published: 1818
Place Published: London
Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 2 vols. in one: 119; 108 p. 13 cm. Title page vignettes. Attractive full leather binding with marbled text block edges. Two small marks to top of front board. Owner's inscription from 1821. A few small spots to interior.