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Practical Ethics for Roman GentlemenThe Work of Valerius Maximus$
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Clive Skidmore

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780859894777

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.001.0001

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Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen

Clive Skidmore

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This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Valerius Maximus. Evidence suggests that Valerius, a native of Rome, descended from a family whose members were not only of senatorial rank but also had held some of the highest offices of the state. However, aristocratic status did not ensure political success, which led to Valerius' need for the patronage of Sextus Pompeius, whom he accompanied to Asia and who has been identified with the consul of ad 14, subsequently proconsul of Asia.

Keywords:   Valerius Maximus, biography, family, Sextus Pompeius

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