Excerpt from Breviarium Historiae Romanae: Libri I, II; Edited for the Use of Beginners, With Introduction, Notes, and Vocabulary
The only work of eutropius that has come down to us is the epitome of Roman History in ten books, the first two of which are contained in the pres... ent volume. The work includes the history of Rome from the foundation of the city, b.c. 753, to the accession of Valens, a.d. 364, a period of more than years. Whether he wrote any more ambitious work is not known, but at the end of this history he says The things that remain must be told in a more elevated style, and we do not so much Omit, as reserve for higher efforts.' The history has been compiled with considerable care from the best accessible authorities, and is written generally with impartiality in a clear and simple style. He occasionally makes mistakes in his facts as well as in his dates, and is rather inclined to pass over lightly, or omit entirely, all events re¿ecting dishonour on the Roman name.
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