just re-edited from an old textbook, a student edition of
DE EXCELLENTISSIBUS DUCIBUS EXTERARUM GENTIUM by CORNELIUS NEPOS. (Vol. I and II).
Edited with Introduction Notes, and Vocabulary, by Herbert Wilkinson, M.A. Formerly Postmaster of Merton College, Oxford
First Edition 1898.
Re-issue, with illustrations, 1902,
Reprinted 1902, 1907.
The first five lives, those of the chief Greeks who took part in the Persian Wars.
From the preface:
This is the first volume of a complete edition of the lives of Cornelius Nepos. The Notes are intended for the use of beginners; and in the Vocabulary an attempt has been made to give fuller information as to the various meanings of important words than is generally found in similar works. The Text is mainly Halm’s, with a few readings from other sources.
And from the Historical Introduction
I. THE PERSIAN WARS.
The first five lives in this volume are those of the chief Greeks who took part in the Persian Wars. The origin of these wars is to be found in the position of the Greek colonies on the coast of Asia Minor, and especially of those which had been founded by Ionians, that branch of the Greek race to which the Athenians belonged.
These were situated on the coast of Lydia, and had originally been independent of the Asiatic kings near them. About the year B.C. 560, Croesus, King of Lydia, had established a lordship over them, but he left them in peace, provided that they acknowledged his sovereignty and paid a small tribute. We learn from Herodotus that Croesus was an admirer of Greek civilisation and consulted the oracle of Apollo at Delphi. But when Cyrus, King of Persia, overthrew Croesus he refused to leave the Ionians to themselves. They fought for freedom and were conquered, after applying in vain for help to Sparta.
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Sources of the book are freely available on archive.org
Nepos’ latin is quite simple, have a nice reading; don’t forget to contact me freely at gp (dot) ciceri (at) gmail (dot) com for corrections and suggestions.