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Curtius Rufus Quintus; De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni

SKU: Curtius Rufus Quintus AB11-061 $594.95
Curtius Rufus Quintus De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni. Editis prioribus correctior. Amsterodami Apud Guilj: I : Caesuim A(5). 1629. Supplementum in Q. Curtium de rebus gestis Alexandri Magni Regis Macedonum. Liber Primus. Alexander Magnus in nomism arg apud Fuluium Vrfinum. Full red Moroccan with three rule gilt borders and diamond shaped scroll-work medallion all in gilt front and back. Five compartment spine with raised bands and Q. CURTIUS.in title block decorated with corner scroll work central medallions and double rule lines all in gilt. Rubbing to the hinge lines front and back. Bumping and wear to the front board corners. 234 lightly toned supple pages (6 additional pages of Gnomologia Curtiana) without foxing spotting tear or loss. Text is complete without inscription or mark. Gilt edges around. Binding is tight. Volume measures: 6 cm. x 11.5 cm. (32mo.). This volume is in very fine condition with considerably LESS wear than consistent with age. Latin Text. Very rare edition published in Amsterdam. Quintus Curtius Rufus was a Roman historian writing probably during the reign of the Emperor Claudius (41-54 AD) or Vespasian. His only surviving work Historiae Alexandri Magni is a biography of Alexander the Great in Latin in ten books of which the first two are lost and the remaining eight are incomplete. His work is fluidly written while cursory study indicates ignorance of geography chronology and technical military knowledge detailed study reveals focus on character and protest against Emperors of his time that he considered tyrants. Historical novelist Mary Renault in the preface to her biography of Alexander ''Fire From Heaven'' discusses the various sources which she studied in preparation for her work expressing considerable exasperation with Curtius who ''had access to invaluable primary sources now lost'' which in her opinion he misunderstood and garbled. As suggested by the following quote he was a man who not only fought against tyrants but also for greater peace and understanding among nations: (Addressing the dead Greeks of the Battle of Chaeronea as quoted in Historiae Alexandri Magni6.3.11) ''Holy shadows of the dead Im not to blame for your cruel and bitter fate but the accursed rivalry which brought sister nations and brother people to fight one another. I do not feel happy for this victory of mine. On the contrary I would be glad brothers if I had all of you standing here next to me since we are united by the same language the same blood and the same visions.'' Quintus Curtius Rufus died due to a severe case of conjunctivitis. Alexander III of Macedon (356 323 BC) popularly known as Alexander the Great (Greek: I II3IIA 1/4 II 3/4 II 1/2 IIIMgas Alxandros) was a Greeki[] king (basileus) of Macedon. He is the most celebrated member of the Argead Dynasty and created one of the largest empires in ancient history. Born in Pella in 356 BC Alexander was tutored by the famed philosopher Aristotle succeeded his father Philip II of Macedon to the throne in 336 BC after the King was assassinated and died thirteen years later at the age of 32. Although both Alexander's reign and empire were short-lived the cultural impact of his conquests lasted for centuries. Alexander was known to be undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time.[1] He is one of the most famous figures of antiquity and is remembered for his tactical ability his conquests and for spreading Greek culture into the East (marking the beginning of Hellenistic civilization). Philip had brought most of the city-states of mainland Greece under Macedonian hegemony using both military and diplomatic means. Upon Philip's death Alexander inherited a strong kingdom and an experienced army. He succeeded in being awarded the generalship of Greece and with his authority firmly established launched the military plans for expansion left by his father. He invaded Persian-ruled Asia Minor and began a series of campaigns lasting ten years. Alexander repeatedly defeated the Persians in battle: marched through Syria Egypt Mesopotamia Persia and Bactria: and in the process he overthrew the Persian king Darius III and conquered the entirety of the Persian Empire. Following his desire to reach the ''ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea'' he invaded India but was eventually forced to turn back by the near-mutiny of his troops. Alexander died in Babylon in 323 BC before realizing a series of planned campaigns that would have begun with an invasion of Arabia. In the years following Alexander's death a series of civil wars tore his empire apart which resulted in the formation of a number of states ruled by Macedonian aristocracy (the Diadochi). Remarkable though his conquests were Alexander's lasting legacy was not his reign but the cultural diffusion his conquests engendered. Alexander's importation of Greek colonists and culture to the East resulted in a new Hellenistic culture aspects of which were still evident in the traditions of the Byzantine Empire until the mid-15th century. Alexander became legendary as a classical hero in the mold of Achilles and features prominently in the history and myth of Greek and non-Greek cultures. He became the measure against which generals even to this day compare themselves and military academies throughout the world still teach his tactical exploits.