The Fragments of the Roman Historians

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  • Copyright: 2014-02-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Fragments of the Roman Historians is a definitive and comprehensive edition of the fragmentary texts of all the Roman historians whose works are lost. Historical writing was an important part of the literary culture of ancient Rome, and its best-known exponents, including Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, and Suetonius, provide much of our knowledge of Roman history. However, these authors constitute only a small minority of the Romans who wrote historical works from around 200 BC to AD 250. In this period we know of more than 100 writers of history, biography, and memoirs whose works no longer survive for us to read. They include well-known figures such as Cato the Elder, Sulla, Cicero, and the emperors Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius, Hadrian, and Septimius Severus.

Beginning with a detailed introduction explaining the history of scholarly research on the subject, the principles and methods used in editing the fragmentary texts, the literary style of the historians, and a surevy of the secondary texts that cite and preserve the fragments of the lost works, these three volumes bring together everything that is known about these historians and their works. Volume one provides an introduction to each historian, outlining what is known of his life and works. Volume two sets out the critical text with facing English translation, and volume three offers a detailed and up-to-date commentary on each of the historical fragments. The work also lists the full concordances with previous editions and contains detailed indexes.

Undertaken as a collaborative research project by a team of ten UK-based scholars, this work will become an important and standard text for anyone working on the Roman historians and ancient history.

Author Biography

T. J. Cornell is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester. His reseach interests include ancient historiography and the history and archaeology of Rome and Italy to the end of the Republic.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Introduction
Greek and Latin texts: abbreviations and editions
General Introduction
1. Earlier editions
2. The present edition
3. Language and style of the fragmentary Roman historians
4. The citing authorities
4.1. Overview
4.2. Individual sources
4.3. Introductions to individual historians
Appendix 1: Authors not included (in alphabetical order)
Appendix 2: Otherwise unknown historians and biographers cited in the Historia Augusta
Appendix 3: From Riccoboni to Roth: early editions of the fragments of the Roman historians
Appendix 4: A note on dates
Volume 2: Text and Translation
General testimonia
Volume 3: Commentary
Commentaries on fragments of individual historians
Chronological table of historical events recorded in fragments
1. Index scriptorum
2. Indices locorum
3. Indices uerborum
4. General Index

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