Historia Augusta
(440 words)

Collection of 30 Latin biographies of rulers by a set of otherwise unknown authors.


Twenty manuscripts are known. The tradition, which is entirely derived from a single copy, Vaticanus Palatinus lat. 899, falls into two groups.


The large number of editions that were produced prior to the 18th cent. stands in stark cont…

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Backer, Keno, “Historia Augusta”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps2_COM_0110>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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