Dionigi di Alicarnasso - Dionysii Halicarn. Antiquitatum Rom. libri 11. ab Aemilio Porto recens et post aliorum interpretatio - 1592
Elegant embossed binding with gold decorations, floral tooling, geometric frames and weapons in the centre of the boards "Carolus Lotharingia".
6, , 383, , 107, , 47, , 56, 24, 36, 50,  numbered pages.
On the title page a small hole mended with ancient paper without loss of text.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus, also called Dionysius of Halicarnassus (ancient Greek: Διονύσιος Ἁλικαρνασσεύς; Halicarnassus, c. 60 BC - 7 BC), was a historian and teacher of ancient Greek rhetoric, who lived during the reign of Augustus. His main work is ‘Roman Antiquities’.
The text embraces the Roman history from the Mythical period until the beginning of the First Punic War. The work was divided into twenty books, of which the first nine remain entire; the tenth and eleventh are almost complete and fragments of the other books remain in the extracts of Constantine Porphyrogenitus and an epitome discovered in a palimpsest by Angelo Mai in Milan.
The first three books of Appiano of Alexandria and the Life of Camillus by Plutarch incorporate much of Dionysius' work. Dionysius wants to let the Greeks know in detail the history of Rome, a city that has conquered the world, and that for more than a century has controlled Greece, because Greek historians, although interested in Roman history, have never treated it in detail. He emphasizes that the Romans are descended from the Greeks: seventeen centuries before the Trojan War, the people from whom they derive, the Aborigines, would have emigrated from Arcadia and settled in Italy. This first wave of migration was followed by other migrations of Greek peoples, the Pelasgians and the Arcadians.
Underlining the common origin of Greeks and Romans has a very specific meaning: he wants to smooth out the differences between the two peoples and to hope for a direct participation of the Greek ruling classes in the government of Rome. According to him, history is a philosophical teaching that proceeds by example, a concept taken from the vision of the Greek rhetoricians. However, Dionysius carefully consulted the best authorities: his work and that of Livy are the only accounts still in existence that are coherent and detailed.
A very well preserved specimen, prestigious binding and of important origin.
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