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Title: On Great Generals, On Historians (L467)
Author: Cornelius Nepos, J C Rolfe (trans)
Publisher: Harvard University Press; Publication Date: 1929
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780674995147
Volumes: 1; Pages: 368
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Cornelius Nepos was born in Cisalpine Gaul but lived in Rome and was a friend of Cicero, Atticus, and Catullus. Most of his writings, which included poems, moral examples from history, a chronological sketch of general history, a geographical work, Lives of Cato the Elder and Cicero, and other biographies, are lost. Extant is a portion of his 'De Viris Illustribus': (i) part of his parallel lives of Roman and non-Roman famous men, namely the portion containing lives of non-Roman generals (all Greeks except three) and a chapter on kings; and (ii) two lives from the class of historians. The lives are short popular biographies of various kinds, written in a usually plain readable style, of value today because of Nepos' use of many good sources.