Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation, and Commentary
At the end of his life the emperor Augustus wrote an account of his achievements in which he reviewed his rise to power, his conquest of the world and his unparalleled generosity towards his subjects. This edition provides a new text, translation and detailed commentary - the first substantial one in English for more than four decades - which is suitable for use with stude...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press
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Sep 02, 2013 Sineala rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
As an example of how to present an edition of a text, this version of the Res Gestae definitely deserves five stars. There is a good introduction, the most thorough commentary (mostly historical) that you could ever, ever want, and the text itself is presented with Latin/English on the verso and Greek/English on the recto. Ah, the joys of bilingual inscriptions. You too can wonder why it is that all the numbers are given in sesterces in Latin and denarii in Greek. (Maybe the commentary answers t...more
This book has a very specific readers market. If you are interested in reading the Res Gestae, this book is great. It has both the Greek and the Latin, with translations for both right next to each other for easy comparison. There is a great commentary on every section following the translations. It was hard work reading through it, but well sourced and obviously well researched.