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Valerius Maximus:   Memorable Deeds and Sayings


'Memorable Deeds and Sayings', written by Valerius Maximus in about 30 A.D., is divided into nine books, containing 91 topics, for each of which there is a series of Roman examples, usually followed by a few foreign examples. It has always been an important source of information about the Roman Republic, but during the 19th century and the early 20th century Valerius Maximus was neglected, while other Latin authors were being translated into English. As a result, one has to go back to 1678 to find an English translation that is out of copyright: this was written by Samuel Speed, and dedicated to Heneage Finch.

A heavily edited version of this translation is shown here; it has been updated throughout for the sake of clarity and accuracy. The Latin text is available on the LacusCurtius website. Anyone who is looking for a good modern translation of Valerius Maximus should consult the Loeb edition by D.R. Shackleton Bailey (2000).

Book 1.   1-5       Latin text     English translation  
Book 1.   6-8       English translation  
Book 2.   1-6       Latin text   English translation  
Book 2.   7-10       English translation  
Book 3.   1-3       Latin text   English translation  
Book 3.   4-8       English translation  
Book 4.   1-3       Latin text   English translation  
Book 4.   4-8       English translation  
Book 5.   1-3       Latin text   English translation  
Book 5.   4-10       English translation  
Book 6.   1-4       Latin text   English translation  
Book 6.   5-9       English translation  
Book 7.   1-8       Latin text   English translation  
Book 8.   1-7       Latin text   English translation  
Book 8.   8-15       English translation  
Book 9.   1-6       Latin text   English translation  
Book 9.   7-15       English translation  


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