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Memorable deeds and sayings : one thousand tales from ancient Rome

Author: Valerius Maximus; Henry J Walker
Publisher: Indianapolis ; Cambridge : Hackett Publishing Company, [2004]
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"Popular in its day both as a sourcebook for writers and orators and as a guidebook for living a moral life, this remarkably rich document serves as an engaging introduction to the cultural and moral history of ancient Rome. Valerius' "thousand tales" are arranged thematically in ninety-one chapters that cover nearly every aspect of life in the ancient world, including such wide-ranging topics as military  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Quelle
Early works
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Translations into English
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Valerius, Maximus; Valerius Maximus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerius Maximus; Henry J Walker
ISBN: 0872206750 9780872206755 0872206742 9780872206748
OCLC Number: 53231884
Description: xxxi, 361 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Memorable deeds and sayings --
Book one --
Preface : [to the Emperor Tiberius] --
Ch. 1. Religion --
Ch. 2. False religiosity --
Ch. 3. Superstitious cults --
Ch. 4. The auspices --
Ch. 5. Omens --
Ch. 6. Prodigies --
Ch. 7. Dreams --
Ch. 8. Miracles --
Book two --
Ch. 1. Ancient customs [of the Roman family] --
Ch. 2. Ancient customs [of the Roman senate] --
Ch. 3. Ancient customs [of the Roman army] --
Ch. 4. Ancient customs [of the Roman theater] --
Ch. 5. Ancient customs [of Roman society] --
Ch. 6. Ancient customs [of foreign countries] --
Ch. 7. Military discipline --
Ch. 8. The right to triumph --
Ch. 9. The disapproval of the censors --
Ch. 10. Prestige --
Book three --
Ch. 1. Innate characteristics --
Ch. 2. Courage --
Ch. 3. Endurance --
Ch. 4. People who were born in humble circumstances but ended up famous --
Ch. 5. People who had famous parents but came down in the world --
Ch. 6. Illustrious men who humored themselves in their dress or in the rest of their lifestyle with greater freedom than the customs of our ancestors would allow --
Ch. 7. Self-confidence --
Ch. 8. Determination --
Book four --
Ch. 1. Moderation --
Ch. 2. People who used to be enemies but came together as friends or in-laws --
Ch. 3. Self-denial and self-control --
Ch. 4. Poverty --
Ch. 5. Modesty --
Ch. 6. Love in marriage --
Ch. 7. Friendship --
Ch. 8. Generosity --
Book five --
Ch. 1. Kindness and compassion --
Ch. 2. Gratitude --
Ch. 3. Ingratitude --
Ch. 4. Loyalty to parents --
Ch. 5. Loyalty to brothers --
Ch. 6. Loyalty to one's country --
Ch. 7. The love and indulgence of parents toward their children --
Ch. 8. Fathers who were severe with their children --
Ch. 9. The lenience of parents toward children who were under suspicion --
Ch. 10. Parents who bravely endured the deaths of their children --
Book six --
Ch. 1. Chastity --
Ch. 2. Frank statements and actions --
Ch. 3. Severity --
Ch. 4. Dignified statements and actions --
Ch. 5. Justice --
Ch. 6. Public trust --
Ch. 7. The loyalty of wives to their husbands --
Ch. 8. The loyalty of slaves --
Ch. 9. Changes in character or fortune --
Book seven --
Ch. 1. Good fortune --
Ch. 2. Wise statements and actions --
Ch. 3. Crafty remarks or actions --
Ch. 4. Stratagems --
Ch. 5. Electoral defeats --
Ch. 6. Necessity --
Ch. 7. Wills that were rescinded --
Ch. 8. Wills that were upheld although there were grounds for rescinding them --
Book eight --
Ch. 1. Why people accused of infamous crimes were acquitted or found guilty --
Ch. 2. Famous private cases --
Ch. 3. Women who pleaded cases before magistrates on behalf of themselves or other people --
Ch. 4. Interrogations --
Ch. 5. Witnesses --
Ch. 6. People who committed offenses but punished others for similar offenses --
Ch. 7. Enthusiasm and dedication --
Ch. 8. Leisure --
Ch. 9. How great the power of eloquence is --
Ch. 10. How much importance lies in proper enunciation and appropriate physical gestures --
Ch. 11. How great the results of the liberal arts can be --
Ch. 12. Each person is the best practitioner and teacher of his own profession --
Ch. 13. Old age --
Ch. 14. The desire for glory --
Ch. 15. Marvelous honors that were given to certain people --
Book nine --
Ch. 1. Self-indulgence and sexual indulgence --
Ch. 2. Cruelty --
Ch. 3. Anger and hatred --
Ch. 4. Avarice --
Ch. 5. Haughty and outrageous behavior --
Ch. 6. Treachery --
Ch. 7. Violence and rioting --
Ch. 8. Reckless behavior --
Ch. 9. Mistakes --
Ch. 10. Revenge --
Ch. 11. Shameless remarks and evil deeds --
Ch. 12. Unusual deaths --
Ch. 13. The craving to survive --
Ch. 14. Physical resemblance --
Ch. 15. People who were born very low but tried to insinuate themselves into glorious families by lying.
Other Titles: Factorum et dictorum memorabilium libri IX.
Responsibility: Valerius Maximus ; translated, with an introduction, by Henry John Walker.
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