The Epitome of Pompeius Trogus’ History of Macedonia (Italian translation of the Latin original)

The Epitome of Pompeius Trogus’ History of Macedonia
The Epitome of Pompeius Trogus’ History of Macedonia
Marcus Junianus Justinus

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.

Acquisition Date: 
2008