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Historical Miscellany (Loeb Classical Library)
     

Historical Miscellany (Loeb Classical Library)

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by Aelian, N. G. Wilson (Editor), Nigel G. Wilson (Translator)
 

Aelian's Historical Miscellany is a pleasurable example of light reading for Romans of the early third century. Offering engaging anecdotes about historical figures, retellings of legendary events, and enjoyable descriptive pieces, Aelian's collection of nuggets and narratives appealed to a wide reading public.

Here then are anecdotes about the

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Aelian's Historical Miscellany is a pleasurable example of light reading for Romans of the early third century. Offering engaging anecdotes about historical figures, retellings of legendary events, and enjoyable descriptive pieces, Aelian's collection of nuggets and narratives appealed to a wide reading public.

Here then are anecdotes about the famous Greek philosophers, poets, historians, and playwrights; myths instructively retold; moralizing tales about heroes and rulers, athletes and wise men; reports about food and drink, different styles in dress, lovers, gift giving, entertainments, religious beliefs, and death customs; and comments on Greek painting. Some of the information is not preserved in any other source. Underlying it all are Aelian's Stoic ideals as well as this Roman's great admiration for the culture of the Greeks (whose language he borrowed for his writings).

Editorial Reviews

Scholia

Classicists no longer have an excuse not to check a citation in Aelian, and a general reader who wants to find out what a bedside book from antiquity might have looked like has the means ready to hand...Aelian's Greek can be quite tricky and with his translation Wilson puts us further in his debt: besides being clear and accurate it is often sprightly and even eloquent.
— A. J. Podlecki

Religious Studies Review

Aelian's Historical Miscellany (Varia Historia) is mainly a potpourri of historical, literary, and other information concerning the Greek past...which apparently entertained educated readers [of the 3rd century] as well as provided them with exempla. Wilson gives us a smooth and very readable translation, syntactically reflecting Aelian's 'studied simplicity.'"
— Robert J. Penella

Scholia - A. J. Podlecki
Classicists no longer have an excuse not to check a citation in Aelian, and a general reader who wants to find out what a bedside book from antiquity might have looked like has the means ready to hand...Aelian's Greek can be quite tricky and with his translation Wilson puts us further in his debt: besides being clear and accurate it is often sprightly and even eloquent.
Religious Studies Review - Robert J. Penella
Aelian's Historical Miscellany (Varia Historia) is mainly a potpourri of historical, literary, and other information concerning the Greek past...which apparently entertained educated readers [of the 3rd century] as well as provided them with exempla. Wilson gives us a smooth and very readable translation, syntactically reflecting Aelian's 'studied simplicity.'"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674995352
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
Loeb Classical Library Series , #486
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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N. G. Wilson is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Lincoln College, Oxford University.

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Historical Miscellany (Loeb Classical Library) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!