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Cornelius Nepos: On Great Generals. On Historians. (Loeb Classical Library No. 467) 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 S Use Of Many Good Sources. One hates to be harsh on someone whose works have survived for 2,000 years, but the truth is that Cornelius Nepos just wasn t very good Yeah, I understand that his Latin has often been used for school blind translation tests, but that s because his prose is simple, unsophisticated, and mostly unadorned It isn t because he was a good historian.What has survived from Nepos is his Book on the Great Generals of Foreign Nations, a couple of pieces from his Latin Historians Cato and Atticus , and a few quoted fragments These are brief, summary biographies for a popular, uneducated audience Don t think Plutarch, or even Suetonius Think one tenth of Suetonius, per person, without much colorful detail.Oh, and think poorly researched The Loeb translation is filled with footnotes on Nepos s factual errors One footnote even wonders why he has to guess at a consulship, since the person being discussed is Nepos s best friend, and still alive when the piece was written Why couldn t he bother to send a slave over to ask I m happy to have read the book It s useful to see journeyman Latin But there s little I found memorable in here, even in the bios of some of my favorite characters He does mention Hannibal s trick of locating the enemy commander by sending a messenger under flag of truce, with an insulting letter Eumenes s trick for exercising horses while under close siege and another case where Eumenes slowed down an army s advance by having a few men light the campfires of a who As for Epaminondas himself, when he found that he had received a mortal wound, and also that if he drew out the iron head of the dart, which had stuck in his body, he would instantly die, he kept it in un

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