By Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Earnest Cary
Dionysius of Halicarnassus used to be born sooner than fifty three BCE and went to Italy sooner than 29 BCE. He taught rhetoric in Rome whereas learning the Latin language, amassing fabric for a heritage of Rome, and writing. His Roman Antiquities started to appear in 7 BCE. Dionysius states that his gadgets in writing historical past have been to delight enthusiasts of noble deeds and to pay off the advantages he had loved in Rome. yet he wrote additionally to reconcile Greeks to Roman rule. Of the 20 books of Roman Antiquities (from the earliest instances to 264 BCE) now we have the 1st nine entire; such a lot of 10 and eleven; and later extracts and an epitome of the total. Dionysius studied the simplest on hand literary assets (mainly annalistic and different historians) and doubtless a few public files. His paintings and that of Livy are our purely non-stop and distinct self sustaining narratives of early Roman history.
Dionysius used to be writer additionally of essays on literature overlaying rhetoric, Greek oratory, Thucydides, and the way to mimic the simplest types in literature.
The Loeb Classical Library publishes a two-volume variation of the serious essays; the version of Roman Antiquities is in seven volumes.
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XXXI. " But since they censure my judgement also, not daring, indeed, to accuse me of treachery or cowardice, the charges on which other generals are tried, but accuse me of inexperience in the duties of a general and imprudence, in that I undertook an unnecessary risk in pressing forward to the enemy's camp, I wish to render to you an accounting on that point too, since I can make the very obvious retort that it is very easy and lies in the power of any man to censure past actions, whereas to venture upon glorious exploits is difficult and within the power of but few also that it is not so apparent what future events will be as what past events are, but, on the contrary, we apprehend the latter by perception and our experiences, while we conjecture the others by divination and opinions, in which there is much that is deceptive; and again, that it is the easiest thing in the world for people to conduct wars by talk when they stand far from the danger, which is what my accusers do.