Quintus Curtius Rufus, the Roman historian, wrote the only life in Latin of Alexander the Great. The author's identity and the date of composition of the work have been the subject of great debate. However, the evidence of recent years suggests he was a soldier and politician who rose from obscurity to a senatorial role under Tiberius (AD 14-37). However, the fall of the emperor's chief minister, Sejanus, brought his political career temporarily to an end and he turned to writing.
John Yardley was born in 1942 and educated at St Andrews and Oxford Universities. He is now Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Waldemar Heckel is now a Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada. His books include The Last Days and Testament of Alexander the Great: A Prosopographic Study and The Marshals of Alexander's Empire.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Curtius’ work
* Features the complete extant text of Curtius, in both English translation and the original Latin
* Includes J. C. Rolfe’s translation, previously appearing in the Loeb Classical Library edition
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the books you want to read with individual contents tables
* Provides a special dual English and Latin text, allowing readers to compare the sections paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students
* Features a bonus biography – discover Curtius’ ancient world and text
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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HISTORY OF ALEXANDER
The Latin Text
CONTENTS OF THE LATIN TEXT
The Dual Text
DUAL LATIN AND ENGLISH TEXT
INTRODUCTION TO QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS by J. C. Rolfe
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