Valerius Maximus Memorable Deeds and Sayings Book 1

Hardcover | July 1, 1998

EditorValerius MaximusbyD. Wardle

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Valerius Maximus stands alone as an extant prose author of the early principate who devoted specific interest to the Romans' attitude to religion. In eight chapters he presents a variety of material selected from earlier authors, such as Cicero, Livy, and Varro, to illustrate central areas ofRoman religious thought and practice: augury, omens, dreams, and miracles. Valerius has not been translated into English since 1678 and there has never been a detailed commentary on his work in any language. With the growing interest in the non-Judaeo-Christian religions of the Mediterranean world and scholars recognizing that Roman religion should not be approached withJudaeo-Christian presuppositions or through the filter of the Christian Fathers, Valerius Maximus gives us an opportunity to see an unexceptional pagan speaking about his religion.

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Valerius Maximus stands alone as an extant prose author of the early principate who devoted specific interest to the Romans' attitude to religion. In eight chapters he presents a variety of material selected from earlier authors, such as Cicero, Livy, and Varro, to illustrate central areas ofRoman religious thought and practice: augury...

D. Wardle is at University of Cape Town.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198150164

ISBN - 13:9780198150169

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`this new translation will be of interest not merely to browsing classicists, but also to scholars of later periods ... D. Wardle has translated the first of the nine books, together with useful notes and a substantial introduction ... any work which makes Valerius more accessible is mostwelcome.'Rebecca Langlands, TLS 12/11/99