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    Historical Miscellany (Loeb Classical Library) (Hardback)(English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)) By (author) Aelian, Volume editor N. G. Wilson

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    DescriptionAelian's Historical Miscellany is a pleasurable example of light reading for Romans of the early third century. Offering engaging anecdotes about historical figures, retellings of legendary events, and descriptive pieces - in sum: amusement, information, and variety - Aelian's collection of nuggets and narratives could be enjoyed by a wide reading public. A rather similar book had been published in Latin in the previous century by Aulus Gellius; Aelian is a late, perhaps the last, representative of what had been a very popular genre. Here then are anecdotes about the famous Greek philosophers, poets, historians, and playwrights; myths instructively retold; moralizing tales about heroes and rulers, athletes and wise men; reports about styles in dress, foods and drink, lovers, gift-giving practices, entertainments, religious beliefs and death customs; and comments on Greek painting. Some of the information is not preserved in any other source. Underlying it all are Aelian's Stoic ideals as well as this Roman's great admiration for the culture of the Greeks (whose language he borrowed for his writings).


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    Title
    Historical Miscellany
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aelian, Volume editor N. G. Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 520
    Width: 114 mm
    Height: 171 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 330 g
    Language
    English
    Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674995352
    ISBN 10: 067499535X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    DC21: 909
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    DC22: 938
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA3821 .A4 1997, PA3821.A4
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DNL
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    LOEB
    Publication date
    15 July 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    Classicists no longer have an excuse not to check a citation in Aelian, and a general reader who wants to find out what a bedside book from antiquity might have looked like has the means ready to hand...Aelian's Greek can be quite tricky and with his translation Wilson puts us further in his debt: besides being clear and accurate it is often sprightly and even eloquent.--A. J. Podlecki "Scholia "
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    Aelian's Historical Miscellany is a pleasurable example of light reading for Romans of the early third century. Offering engaging anecdotes about historical figures, retellings of legendary events, and descriptive pieces - in sum: amusement, information, and variety - Aelian's collection of nuggets and narratives could be enjoyed by a wide reading public. A rather similar book had been published in Latin in the previous century by Aulus Gellius; Aelian is a late, perhaps the last, representative of what had been a very popular genre. Here then are anecdotes about the famous Greek philosophers, poets, historians, and playwrights; myths instructively retold; moralizing tales about heroes and rulers, athletes and wise men; reports about styles in dress, foods and drink, lovers, gift-giving practices, entertainments, religious beliefs and death customs; and comments on Greek painting. Some of the information is not preserved in any other source. Underlying it all are Aelian's Stoic ideals as well as this Roman's great admiration for the culture of the Greeks (whose language he borrowed for his writings).