Memorable Doings and Sayings, Volume I: Books 1-5

Memorable Doings and Sayings, Volume I: Books 1-5

by Valerius Maximus


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674995413
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/15/2000
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #492
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 690,255
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x (d)

About the Author

D. R. Shackleton Bailey was Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Harvard University.

Table of Contents



Memorable Doings And Sayings

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

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