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Compendium of Roman History. Res Gestae Divi Augusti

Compendium of Roman History. Res Gestae Divi Augusti

Velleius Paterculus

Translated by Frederick W. Shipley

ISBN 9780674991682

Publication date: 01/01/1924

An imperial historian and an emperor’s history.

Velleius Paterculus, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius (30 BC–AD 37), served as a military tribune in Thrace, Macedonia, Greece, and Asia Minor, and later, from AD 4 to 12 or 13, as a cavalry officer and legatus in Germany and Pannonia. He was quaestor in AD 7, praetor in 15. He wrote in two books “Roman Histories,” a summary of Roman history from the fall of Troy to AD 29. As he approached his own times he becomes much fuller in his treatment, especially between the death of Caesar in 44 BC and that of Augustus in AD 14. His work has useful concise essays on Roman colonies and provinces and some effective compressed portrayals of characters.

Res Gestae Divi Augusti. In his 76th year (AD 13–14) the emperor Augustus wrote a dignified account of his public life and work of which the best preserved copy (with a Greek translation) was engraved by the Galatians on the walls of the temple of Augustus at Ancyra (Ankara). It is a unique document giving short details of his public offices and honors; his benefactions to the empire, to the people, and to the soldiers; and his services as a soldier and as an administrator.


  • Frederick William Shipley (1871–1945) was Professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Book Details

  • 464 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press