The Roman Empresses, Vol. 1 of 2
Excerpt from The Roman Empresses, Vol. 1 of 2: Or, the History of the Lives and Secret Intrigues of the Wives of the Twelve Caesars, With Historical and Critical Notes This remarkable work, which was originally written in French, is from the pen of Jacques Roergas de Serviez, of whom some account is given further on. It passed through several editions, and it was not long before an English translation appeared - not more than five years after the publication of the first French edition. This, however, was not a complete version. containing, according to the title-page, only The Lives and Amours of the Empresses, Consorts to the First Twelve C sars of Rome... translated by G. James, London, 1723. In 1752, a complete translation of the work was issued, the full title of which is: The Roman Empresses, or the History of the Lives and Secret Intrigues of the Wives of the Twelve C sars, of those of the other Roman Emperors and of the Princesses of their Blood, in which are introduced the most remarkable transactions of the Roman History, collected from ancient authors - Greek and Latin, with historical and critical notes... translated by the Hon. Bysse Molesworth. London, printed for R. Dodsley in Pall Mall, 1752. This work is an extremely rare one, and it is upon it that the present translation is based; considerable alterations and (it is to be hoped) improvements have, however, been made, antiquated orthography has been corrected, and such forms of expression as have become entirely obsolete have been altered, while, at the same time, care has been taken not to spoil the quaint flavour of the original translation. In some few cases, the translator appears to have mistaken the meaning or to have given too French a turn to the phraseology. The book is unique of its kind, and could hardly have been expected from any one but a Frenchman. Although the title is somewhat ambitious, it is in reality borne out by the work itself, which gives abundant evidence of diligent study of the authors dealing with the history of the period: - Suetonius, Dion Cassius, Herodian, the Scriptores Historisae August, and others. The work, in fact, contains an interesting and essentially popular account of the times, while laying especial stress upon the virtues and vices of the beau sexe. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."