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Quintus Curtius: History of Alexander

Author: Quintus Curtius Rufus; John Carew Rolfe; John Rowe Workman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ. Press; London, W. Heinemann, 1946.
Series: Loeb classical library, 368-369.
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Quintus Curtius was apparently a rhetorician who lived in the first century of the Roman empire and, early in the reign of Claudius (41-54 CE), wrote a history of Alexander the Great in 10 books in clear and picturesque style for Latin readers. The first two books have not survived--the narrative begins with events in 333 BCE--and there is material missing from books V, VI, and X. One of his main sources is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works to 1800
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Curtius Rufus, Quintus.
Quintus Curtius.
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ. Press; London, W. Heinemann, 1946
(OCoLC)551352459
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Büyük İskender; Alexandre, le Grand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Quintus Curtius Rufus; John Carew Rolfe; John Rowe Workman
ISBN: 0674994078 9780674994072 0674994051 9780674994058 0434993689 9780434993680 0434993697 9780434993697
OCLC Number: 53906995
Language Note: Latin and English on opposite pages.
Notes: Latin and English on opposite pages.
"General index prepared by Dr. John Rowe Workman": v. 2, p. 561-[629]
Description: 2 v. : ill. ; 17 cm.
Contents: v. 1. Books I-V --
v. 2. Books VI-X.
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 368-369.
Other Titles: History of Alexander.
Responsibility: with an English translation by John C. Rolfe.

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Quintus Curtius was apparently a rhetorician who lived in the first century of the Roman empire and, early in the reign of Claudius (41-54 CE), wrote a history of Alexander the Great in 10 books in clear and picturesque style for Latin readers. The first two books have not survived--the narrative begins with events in 333 BCE--and there is material missing from books V, VI, and X. One of his main sources is Cleitarchus who, about 300 BCE, had made Alexander's career a matter of marvellous adventure. Curtius is not a critical historian; and in his desire to entertain and to stress the personality of Alexander, he elaborates effective scenes, omits much that is important for history, and does not worry about chronology. But he does not invent things, except speeches and letters inserted into the narrative by traditional habit. 'I copy more than I believe', he says. Three features of his story are narrative of exciting experiences, development of a hero's character, and a disposition to moralise. His history is one of the five extant works on which historians rely for the career of Alexander the Great.

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