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Review of: Histoire Auguste 5,2 Vies de Probus, Firmus, Saturninus, Proculus et Bonose, Carus, Numérien, et Carin, ed. F. Paschoud, Paris 2001?

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Paschoud (P.) must have been content about being assigned the last part containing the Opera omnia of 'Vopiscus'. He has without doubt received the best bits, since all students of the HA, that puzzling, fascinating and maddening collection of biographies, will agree that the Lives of 'Vopiscus' show us the author 'at the peak of his performance', to quote Syme. P. calls people who are more cautious or sceptical on this point than himself 'les positivistes, qui n'admettent pas que l'auteur de l'HA travaille par associations mentales, peut-être en partie inconscientes' (p. 151). To the metaphors for the HA previously quoted another one may be added: the HA is a maelstrom, threatening to swallow its students. The author hopes that the remaining volumes in the Budé-series will be of the same high level as the ones discussed in this review.

Keywords: Budé-series; Ed. F. Paschoud; Histoire Auguste



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