Memorable Doings and Sayings, Volume I: Books 1-5 (Loeb Classical Library)by Valerius Maximus
Valerius Maximus compiled his handbook of notable deeds and sayings during the reign of Tiberius (14-37 CE). The collection was very popular in the Renaissance and has recently attracted renewed scholarly attention. Yet to date there has been no modern English translation of Memorable Doings and Sayings. This work is now added to the Loeb Classical Library,/i>
Valerius Maximus compiled his handbook of notable deeds and sayings during the reign of Tiberius (14-37 CE). The collection was very popular in the Renaissance and has recently attracted renewed scholarly attention. Yet to date there has been no modern English translation of Memorable Doings and Sayings. This work is now added to the Loeb Classical Library, a freshly edited Latin text facing D. R. Shackleton Bailey's pleasing and authoritative translation.
Valerius arranges his instructive examples in short chapters, each focused on a particular virtue, vice, religious practice, or traditional custom--including Omens, Dreams, Anger, Cruelty, Bravery, Fidelity, Gratitude, Friendship, Parental Love. The moral undercurrent of this collection is readily apparent. But Valerius tells us that the book's purpose is practical: he decided to select worthwhile material from famous writers so that people looking for illustrative examples might be spared the trouble of research. Whatever the author's intention, his book is an interesting source of information on Roman attitudes toward religion and moral values in the first century.
Shackleton Bailey's translation is a welcome addition
The editor/translator has also prefaced the volumes with a brief introduction to Valerius Maximus and his text added a helpful bibliography of the latest scholarship on the author, and included a glossary and thorough index of names
Shackleton Bailey has done good work in providing his own version of the Latin text, and he has also produced a readable and accurate English translation
Shackleton Bailey is best known to the scholarly community for his excellent translations of Cicero's letters. His version of Valerius Maximus also deserves praise, merits inclusion in the fine Loeb Classical Library, and fills a major need for an English version of this valuable source.
Meet the Author
D. R. Shackleton Bailey was Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature, Harvard University.
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Right up there with the greatest writers of antiquity (Plutarch, Polybius, Livy, etc.), Valerius Maximus gives a comprehensive and detailed account of early Roman virtues and what it meant to be an ideal Roman in the emergent decadence and complacency of the 1st century A.D. Maximus gives great examples of paragons of virtue from both the Roman Empire and abroad, and contrasts it with cases of infamy and dishonor to paint a very poignant and incisive picture of the ideal virtues of stoicism, courage, etc. which led the Romans from a small backwater on the Tiber to the heights of glory and empire. Recommended for anyone even remotely interested in the history of Greece and Rome, inspirational and heroic deeds, or just good reading.
If you're a student of Classical History, this is a must-have. Valerius Maximus tells a great story that can be quite moving, and even gripping at times. As he wrote, it is indeed full of "Memorable Doings and Sayings". Also, I think Shackleton Bailey translation is the best we have. For those engaged in research on the Roman Empire, and those that don't read Latin, this edition is wonderful as it has both Latin and English side-by-side so that looking up references included in scholarly journals is very easy.