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Epitome of Roman History

Epitome of Roman History


Translated by E. S. Forster

ISBN 9780674992542

Publication date: 01/01/1929

A very short introduction to Roman history.

Florus, born apparently in Africa, lived in Spain and in Rome during Hadrian’s time. He wrote, in succinct rhetorical style, a summary of Roman history (especially wars) in two books in order to show the early greatness and subsequent decline of Roman morals. It is based chiefly on Livy. Florus’ Epitome was perhaps planned to reach his own times, but the extant work ends with Augustus’ reign. Florus provides a useful rapid sketch of Roman military history.

Poetry by Florus is also available in the Loeb Classical Library, in Volume II of Minor Latin Poets (LCL 434).


  • Edward Seymour Forster (1879–1950) was Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sheffield.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 0-15/16 x 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press