Eutropius, Breviarium ab urbe condita
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A. Author and work

Eutropius was a historian of the mid-4th cent. AD, who, along with other (lost) works commissioned by the Emperor Valens (reigned AD 364–378), wrote a Breviarium ab urbe condita (= B.; ‘Brief history of Rome since its foundation’) in ten books and dedicated it to the emperor (Eutr. praef). Though one MS calls him magister memoriae of this emperor (Cod. Bambergensis E III 22), and though by his own testimony he took part in Julian’s Persian campaign (10,16,1),…

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Günther, Sven, “Eutropius, Breviarium ab urbe condita”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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