Status: Needs Review

Book I comprises religion, omens, prodigies
Book II social customs
Books III-IV virtuous conduct (fortitude, moderation, humanity etc.)
Books VII + VIII good fortune, military stratagems, famous law
suits, eloquence etc
Book IX evil conduct.
V. Maximus - the Latin author of a book of historical anecdotes
-- was intended for use in schools of rhetoric - the
anecdotes are drawn chiefly from Roman history as
well as the Greeks.
-- Editio Princepa - Strossburg, Johann Mentelin, not after 1470.
one of the few classical authors to be first issued by a German press.
-- the best existing codex is a ninth Century manuscript of Berne.
-- a collection of historical anecdotes intended for the teaching of rhetoric.
All that we know of the author's life is that he accompanied Ovid's
friend Sextus Pompey to his governorship of Asia about 27AD.
Adulation is heaped upon Tiberius throughout, + the violent denunciation
of Sejanus in the last book suggests that the work was published
soon after Sejanus' fall in 31. The anecdotes for the use of speakers
of which the book consists are classified under various moral or philosophical
headings (omens, moderation, gratitude, chastity, cruelty + the like)
each of these being illustrated from Roman (domestica) + less fully,
from foreign (externa) examples. The book's rhetorical artifices,
its bombast + its sententiousness illustrate the excesses of the
Silver Age. Valerius himself has nothing to say worth hearing.
But he knew his market, + his work enjoyed a vogue in antiquity
+ the Middle Ages. It was twice epitomized, in the 4th + 5th C.
Types 113R text type In use in 1490, 1491
78R text _ commentary type. In use 1490, 91, 93 (?)
78GR lower case only. In use 1490, 91.
HEHL {no rubrication except 1st letter each book - total of 9 books.
(98567) {Prologus
{Li. I begins on V my leaf XI b3
ends on XXVIII X misnumbered XI also.

Notes and Questions

Nobody has written a note for this page yet

Please sign in to write a note for this page