Historicorum Romanorum reliquiae

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The Historicorum Romanorum reliquiae is the "monumental"[1] two-volume collection of scholarly editions of fragmentary Roman historical texts edited by Hermann Peter and published between 1870 and 1914. Peter published the Latin editions of these texts, without translation and with introductions in Latin; for the greatest part of the twentieth century, this was the standard edition of such texts. Peter considers the reign of Constantine the Great as marking the end of Roman historiography (with the exception of a sixth-century excerpt preserved in Jordanes); history after, he said, "went over to the Christians and the Greeks".[2]

The first volume appeared in Leipzig, 1870, with a second edition (revised by Peter himself) appearing in Leipzig, 1914 (and reprinted Stuttgart, 1967); the second volume appeared in Leipzig, 1906.[3] In 1993, a reprinted edition with additional bibliography appeared.[4] In the middle of the twentieth century there were repeated calls (including by Felix Jacoby, editor of a similar collection of Greek fragments, Fragmente der griechischen Historiker) for an updated, revised edition of the fragments,[5] aided by a sea change in the field of historiography and a critique of Peter's outdated perspective.[6] The collection was supplanted by Martine Chassignet's L'Annalistique romaine, the third and final volume of which was published in 2004.[7] Other editors who have taken up the project of publishing the important fragments of Roman literary tradition include Courtney (Fragmentary Latin Poets) and Malcovati (Oratorum Romanorum Fragmenta).[8]

Hermann Peter was also an editor of the Augustan History[9] and an editor of and expert on the Origo gentis romanae.[10] His monograph on Roman epistle writing, Der Brief in der römischen Litteratur (Leipzig, 1901), is considered a classic in the field.[11]


  1. ^ Pagán, Victoria Emma (2012-01-09). A Companion to Tacitus. John Wiley & Sons. p. 142. ISBN 9781444354164. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ McGill, Scott; Sogno, Cristiana; Watts, Edward (2010). From the Tetrarchs to the Theodosians: Later Roman History and Culture, 284–450 CE. Cambridge UP. p. 267. ISBN 9780521898218. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. ^ P., S.B. (1916). "Rev. of Peter, Historicorum Romanorum reliquiae". Classical Philology. 11 (3). JSTOR 261877.
  4. ^ Gagarin, Michael (2010-02-16). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Oxford UP. p. 13. ISBN 9780195170726. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. ^ Frier, Bruce Woodward (1999). Libri Annales Pontificum Maximorum: The Origins of the Annalistic Tradition. U of Michigan P. p. xii. ISBN 9780472109159. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  6. ^ Wiseman, T.P. (1994). Historiography and Imagination: Eight Essays on Roman Culture. U of Exeter P. p. 4. ISBN 9780859894227. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  7. ^ Beck, Hans (2005). "Rev. of Chassignet, L'Annalistique Romaine". Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
  8. ^ Dyck, Andrew R. (2000). "Rev. of Most, Collecting Fragments/Fragmente sammeln". International Journal of the Classical Tradition. 7 (1): 146–49. JSTOR 30222677.
  9. ^ Momigliano, Arnaldo (1984). Secondo Contributo Alla Storia Degli Studi Classici. Ed. di Storia e Letteratura. p. 113. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  10. ^ Momigliano 172.
  11. ^ Welkenhuysen, Andries (1995). Latijn van toen tot nu. Leuven UP. p. 47. ISBN 9789061866770. Retrieved 20 August 2012.

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