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Loeb Military Essentials

  • Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander
  • On Great Generals. On Historians
  • Stratagems. Aqueducts of Rome
  • Epitome of Roman History
  • Moralia, III

Author - Editorial Staff

Date - 13 October 2023

Time to read - 1 min

  • Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander

    Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, and Onasander

    Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, Onasander, Illinois Greek Club

    Three tactical treatises.

    Aeneas was perhaps a general, and certainly author of several didactic military works of which the sole survivor is that on defense against siege. From it we can deduce that he was a Peloponnesian of the fourth century BC who served in the Aegean and in Asia Minor and composed the work from direct knowledge and from oral and some literary tradition, possibly in 357...

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  • On Great Generals. On Historians

    On Great Generals. On Historians

    Cornelius Nepos, J. C. Rolfe

    Roman biographies of foreign commanders.

    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 viri...

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  • Stratagems. Aqueducts of Rome

    Stratagems. Aqueducts of Rome

    Frontinus, Charles E. Bennett, Mary B. McElwain

    Ancient expertise on water and warfare.

    Frontinus, Sextus Iulius, ca. AD 35–103, was a capable Roman civil officer and military commander. Praetor of the city in 70 and consul in 73 or 74, 98 and 100, he was, about the year 76, sent to Britain as governor. He quelled the Silures of Wales, and began to build a road through their territory; his place was taken by Agricola in 78. In 97 he was...

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  • Epitome of Roman History

    Epitome of Roman History

    Florus, E. S. Forster

    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,...

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  • Moralia, III

    Moralia, III

    Sayings of Kings and Commanders. Sayings of Romans. Sayings of Spartans. The Ancient Customs of the Spartans. Sayings of Spartan Women. Bravery of Women

    Plutarch, Frank Cole Babbitt

    Eclectic essays on ethics, education, and much else besides.

    Plutarch (Plutarchus), ca. AD 45–120, was born at Chaeronea in Boeotia in central Greece, studied philosophy at Athens, and, after coming to Rome as a teacher in philosophy, was given consular rank by the emperor Trajan and a procuratorship in Greece by Hadrian. He was married and the father of one daughter and four sons. He appea...

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