Iustino uulgarizato iustissimamente qui comencia: Prologo
Venice: Johann of Cologne (Johann Manthen), 1477
Vault folio Inc. 4319
Gift of Roger S. Baskes.
During the Renaissance, many of the Latin and Greek classics were translated into the vernacular. This anonymous Italian version of Justinus is a very early example; it is in fact now the earliest printed vernacular translation of a classical text in the Newberry’s collection. The principal subject of this work is the empire founded by Philip, the father of Alexander the Great. The original Latin text of 44 books was lost with the fall of Rome, and its context is today known only in Justinus’ abbreviated form.