Appianou Alexandreōs Rōmaika
Appianou Alexandreōs Rōmaika = Appiani Alexandrini Romanarum Historiarum pars Prior[-Altera]
by Appian of Alexandria
|Appianou Alexandreōs Rōmaika|
Title page from Appianou Alexandreōs Rōmaika, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Author||Appianus of Alexandria|
|Published||Amstelodami: Ex officinâ Joh. Janssonii à Waesbergen, et Johannis à Someren|
|Volumes||2 volume set|
|Desc.||8vo (20 cm.)|
As a history of Rome, Appian’s work covers a significant span of centuries prior to his birth. Consequently, he had to use other sources in order to get appropriate material. It is argued by some scholars that Appian used general knowledge, memory and notes, and direct sources in order to compile his history. At points, it seems to be an unusual mixture of valid data (likely taken from previous authors) and errors (Appian’s attempts to analyze historical events and significance). Despite these difficulties, it is very significant for covering the period of the Roman Civil Wars (133-35 BCE). None of the original sources about the Roman Civil Wars, which Appian used for this portion of his History, survive fully to this date, so his recounting is crucial.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Appianus. variorum. 2.v. 8vo." and given by Thomas Jefferson to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Brown Bibliography lists the 1670 edition published in Amsterdam based on copies owned by Jefferson (he sold one of these to the Library of Congress; his grandson, Francis Eppes sold the other in 1873). George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing indicates "Precise edition unknown." The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's recommendation and purchased the 1670 Amsterdam edition.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in full contemporary vellum with raised bands and lozenges on covers. Purchased from Richard Smith.
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- "Appian" in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, ed. John Roberts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
- Gregory S. Bucher, “The Origins, Program, and Composition of Appian’s Roman History,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 130 (2000): 412.
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433.
- E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 1:36 [no.78].
- LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 21, 2013.
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