Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen
The Work of Valerius Maximus
Part 1 The subject: Teaching by examples - Greek Teaching by examples - Roman Quintilian and Seneca Part 2 The form: Conveniece "Chreiai", apopthegmata and other compilations; the Roman tradition Part 3 The work: Valerius's moral purpose Valerius's choice of examples Valerius's criteria of belief. Part 4 Author and audience: The audience The author
This book has a number of advantages. Unlike Valerius, it is extremely accessible: the argument is broken down into brief chapters, and translations follow the quotations. It provides a good introductory discussion to the centrality of exempla in Roman life and thought, and it offers a challenge to the traditional approach to Valerius.
Bryn Mawr, Classical Review
A welcome addition to the field of Valerian studies, . . . An important contribution to the study of Valerius and, more generally, to the place of exemplarity and the anecdote in the transmission of ideological values in Roman culture.
Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 87
Size: 227 x 144 mm
Publication: July 1, 1996