#25 – Tommaso Vallauri on Q. Curtius Rufus | Latin texts 1..#25 – Thomas Vallaurius de Q. Curtio Rufo | Litterae Latinae 1

Down through the centuries, many authors have penned histories of Roman literature in Latin. Whereas most of these works are often quite lengthy, the Historia critica litterarum Latinarum, book from which this text is taken is uncommon in its brevity. Written by Thomas Vallaurius, the passage treats the Roman historian Q. Curtius Rufus who wrote a compelling history of Alexander the Great’s deeds. While you listen to the audio you can follow along in the transcription.

De Q. Curtii aetate disputantes viri eruditissimi in diversas omnino abierunt sententias. Nec defuere qui hunc scriptorem antiquitati invidentes, crederent ipsius historiam a viro quodam Italo post renatas litteras fuisse concinnatam. Cum autem in tanta opinionum discrepantia nihil certi hac de re possit afferri, probabilior tamen illorum sententia videtur, qui arbitrantur historicum hunc nostrum Claudio aut Vespasiano imperantibus vixisse.

Exaravit de rebus gestis Alexandri Magni libros X, in quibus non tam historici, quam oratoris partes egit, ut Milesiam potius fabulam, quam germanam historiam condidisse videatur. Quod quidem testantur inanes excursus, creberrimae descriptiones, declamatoriae contiones et nimium studium in Alexandri virtutibus extollendis; postremo stylus floridus, ornatus, frequentibus acutisque sententiis distinctus, et nimiis interdum translationibus vitiosus.

– Vallaurius, Thomas, Historia critica litterarum Latinarum

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