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Quintus Curtius : History of Alexander, Volume I, Books 1-5  : Loeb Classical Library No. 368 - Quintus Curtius Rufus

Quintus Curtius : History of Alexander, Volume I, Books 1-5

Loeb Classical Library No. 368

By: Quintus Curtius Rufus, J.C. Rolfe (Transcribed by)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1989
ISBN: 9780674994058
Number Of Pages: 464

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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—our 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 we rely for the career of Alexander the Great.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Quintus Curtius is in two volumes.

History Of Alexander
Book VI
Book VII
Book VIII
Book IX
Book X
Index
Map
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ISBN: 9780674994058
ISBN-10: 0674994051
Series: Loeb Classical Library 368 : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st July 1989
Publisher: HARVARD UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 11.43  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.33

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