Valerius Maximus: Facta et Dicta Memorabilia [Memorable Words and Deeds] (3399 words)

Valerius Maximus’ Memorable Words and Deeds is perhaps better known today as the inspiration for some of the greatest art and literature of later centuries than as a literary composition in its own right; most scholars of the Renaissance, for instance, will have come across Valerius as the author of a compendious source of moral tales from antiquity. Published in Rome in about 30 CE, during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, Valerius Maximus’ work is a compilation of over one thousand moral anecdotes, or exempla, of the kind regularly deployed by Roman orators and philosophers to illustrate their arguments, organised thematically within nine volumes. Most of these tales of virtue and vice, taken from historical works, w…

Langlands, Rebecca. "Facta et Dicta Memorabilia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2014
[, accessed 25 August 2019.]

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