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Episodi di Storia Antica: in latino, ma semplice semplice.

Ciao a tutti,

sul sito sono disponibili scansioni di ottima qualità di testi più o meno antichi, per propria consultazione. Di questi volumi, accanto al PDF scaricabile, viene fornito anche un file di semplice testo che contiene una lettura OCR del volume stesso: in questo casoperò ogni tanto nella lettura OCR vengono introdotti dei refusi.

Si può comunque armarsi di santa pazienza e ri-editare questa lettura per eliminare i refusi: il risultato, così bonificato, sarà in pratica una nuova edizione del testo.

In questo caso abbiamo preso un epitome di storia antica: una raccolta di episodi, per rendere l’idea.


Il primo capitolo è già più o meno bonificato, ed è disponibile a questo link. Sono episodi di Storia Greca, dalla fondazione di Atene da parte di Cecrope fino alla messa al bando di Ippia (510 a.C.).


Greeks leaders during the Persian Wars: bios from Cornelius Nepos (in Latin)

Hi all,

just re-edited from an old textbook, a student edition of


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


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.


The pdf is available clicking here (or typing .

Sources of the book are freely available on


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.