Valerius Maximus stands alone as an extant prose author of the early principate who devoted specific interest to the Romans' attitude to religion. In eight chapters he presents a variety of material selected from earlier authors, such as Cicero, Livy, and Varro, to illustrate central areas of Roman religious thought and practice: augury, omens, dreams, and miracles. Valerius has not been translated into English since 1678 and there has never
been a detailed commentary on his work in any language. With the growing interest in the non-Judaeo-Christian religions of the Mediterranean world and scholars recognizing that Roman religion should not be approached with Judaeo-Christian presuppositions or through the filter of the Christian Fathers,
Valerius Maximus gives us an opportunity to see an unexceptional pagan speaking about his religion.
`Wardle's English translation of the first book of Valerius Maximus ... is the first since that of Samuel Speed in 1678 and there has been no commentary on Valerius in any language ... introductory statements for each section give useful overviews of the meaning and etymology of the terms under discussion ... This translation and commentary is a fine contribution to the study of a neglected author ... In the production of this commentary David Wardle has
produced a book that, like its subject matter, will be dipped into again and again for the wealth of information and insight that it provides the modern commentator on aspects of Roman history, religion and culture.'
Alex Nice, Scholia Reviews
`this new translation will be of interest not merely to browsing classicists, but also to scholars of later periods ... D. Wardle has translated the first of the nine books, together with useful notes and a substantial introduction ... any work which makes Valerius more accessible is most welcome.'
Rebecca Langlands, TLS 12/11/99
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Series: Clarendon Ancient History Series
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st June 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.54