Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3: Abaeus-Dysponteus (Classic Reprint)

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The relative length of the articles containing the lives' of historical persons cannot be fixed, in a work like the present, simply by the importance of a man's life. It would be impossible to give within any reasonable compass a full and elaborate account of the lives of the great actors in Greek and Roman history nor is it necessary for the lives of such persons are conspicuous parts of history and, as such, are given at length in historical works. On the contrary, a Dic tionary of Greek and Roman Biography is peculiarly useful for the lives of those persons who do not occupy so prominent a position in history, since a know ledge of their actions and character is oftentimes of great importance to a proper understanding of the ancient writers, and information respecting such persons cannot be obtained in any other quarter. Accordingly, such articles have had a space assigned to them in the work which might have been deemed dispropor tionate if it were not for this consideration. Woodcuts of ancient coins are given, wherever they could be referred to any individual or family. The draw ings have been made from originals in the British Museum, except in a few cases, where the authority for the drawing is stated in the article.

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