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Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Clive Skidmore


This book presents a collection of historical anecdotes written during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius in the first century ad. The book aims to redefine the significance of the work of Valerius Maximus, author of The Memorable Deeds of the Men of Rome and Foreign Nations. It argues that modern scholarship's view of Valerius' work as a mere source-book for rhetoricians is misconceived. The popularity of the work during the Middle Ages and Renaissance was due to its value to the readers of those times as a source of moral exhortation and guidance that was as relevant to them as it had been to ... More

Keywords: historical anecdotes, Emperor Tiberius, first century, Valerius Maximus, rhetoricians, Middle Ages, Renaissance, moral exhortation, exemplary literature, Roman literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780859894777
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Skidmore, author