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On great generals ; On historians / Cornelius Nepos ; with an English translation by J.C. Rolfe.

Author/creator Nepos, Cornelius author.
Included WorkNepos, Cornelius On historians.
Included WorkRolfe, John Carew, 1859-1943 translator.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoCambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2014.
Description1 online resource.
Supplemental Content
Series Loeb Classical Library ; 467
Loeb classical library 467. ^A467228
Abstract Cornelius Nepos (c. 99-c. 24 BCE)is the earliest biographer in Latin whose work we have. Extant are parts of his De Viris Illustribus, including biographies of mostly Greek military commanders and of two Latin historians, Cato and Atticus. Cornelius Nepos was born in Cisalpine Gaul but lived in Rome and was a friend of Cicero, Atticus, and Catullus. Most of his writings--which included poems, moral examples from history, a chronological sketch of general history, a geographical work, Lives of Cato the Elder and Cicero, and other biographies--are lost. Extant is a portion of his De Viris Illustribus: (i) part of his parallel lives of Roman and non-Roman famous men, namely the portion containing lives of non-Roman generals (all Greeks except three) and a chapter on kings; and (ii) two lives from the class of historians. The lives are short popular biographies of various kinds, written in a usually plain readable style, of value today because of Nepos's use of many good sources.
General noteFirst published (with Florus) 1929; this separate edition 1984.
General noteIncludes index.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web.
LanguageText in Latin with English translation on facing pages.
Source of descriptionDescription based on print version record.
Issued in other formPrint version: Nepos, Cornelius. On great generals. On historians. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1929 9780674995147
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