8vo, pp. 696, ; Greek letter; title and a few leaves of text foxed; a very good, clean, wide-margined copy preserving the rear original wrapper, bound in half morocco with marbled paper boards; rubbed, upper joint cracked but firm.
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First edition. Spyros Zampelios was a champion of the continuity theory in the history of the Greek nation in the crucial decades of the mid nineteenth century, and the first Greek historian to adopt a tripartite examination of historical periods, divided into ancient, medieval and modern Hellenism. In this work he considers Byzantium as a part of Greece, positing that ancient Greek civilization had not faded away in the Byzantine Empire, but had been rather been creatively reshaped as it met Christianity. This approach stood in direct opposition to the then prevalent ideas of the German historian Jakob Fallmerayer, who maintained that Greece had declined due to the annexation of its territories by the Slavic and Albanian peoples, and that the Byzantine Empire was simply the continuance of Roman conquest over Greek populations. Zampelios’s view of an unbroken continuity from Anciet to Byzantine to modern Greece was distilled in his new coinage, the adjective ‘Hellenochristianikos’, introduced in this work, p. 464.
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[KRAG, Niels, editor.]
NICOLAUS, of Damascus. Ex Nicolai Damasceni universali historia seu de moribus gentium libris excepta Iohannis Stobaei collectanea, quae Nicolaus Cragius latina fecit, et seorsum edidit.
First edition thus. Comprises observations on the customs of different peoples (Iberians, Celts, Phrygians, Assyrians, Spartans and so on) from the Augustan historian Nicolaus of Damascus’ Universal history, only fragments of which have come down to us (in this case via Stobaeus). The text is printed here in the original Greek together with a Latin translation by the Danish historian and philologist Niels Krag (or Cragius, c. 1550–1602).
THE PROMOTION OF STOIC PHILOSOPHY EPICTETUS. [DU VAIR, Guillaume, translator].
Le Manuel d’Epictete.
Rare first edition of this translation of the “Encheiridion” or “Manual” of Epictetus’ principal doctrines; an earlier translation by Antoine Du Moulin had been published in 1544.