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Sulpitii Severi Opera omnia quae extant – 1656
Size :5.5″ x 3 1/4″
The Latin historian Sulpicius (or Sulpitius) Severus was born in Aquitania ca. 360 A.D. He organized under the influence of Bishop Martinus of Tours a sort of monastic life on his own estate for himself and his friends. His extant works are a vita S. Martini Turonensis, ‘which is an apology for ascetism’; and this Sacrae Historiae, a kind of universal chronicle to A.D. 402, ‘which is an important source for the history of 4th-century events. The whole book is an interesting attempt to present a ‘breviarium’ of history from the Christian point of view: it uses Christian chronographers, especially St. Jerome, but also Pagan writers. J. Bernays suggested that for the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D 70 Sulpicius followed the lost account of Tacitus.
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