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Editio Princeps of Onosander's Strategicus .

Onosander. Strategicus Strategicus. Sive de Imperatoris Institutione ... Nicolaus Rigaltius P. nunc primum e vetustis codd. Graecis publicavit, Latina inerpretatione & notis illustravit [Part II:] Nicolae Rigaltii ad Onosanderi Strategicum Notae. Lutetia Parisoiorum Abrahamum Saugranium & Gulielmum des Rues, viâ Bellouacensi 1599
pp19,pp169;[4f] pp96. Quarto. Titles in red and black; headpieces and initials parallel text in Greek and Latin; 2 parts in one volume.
Rebound, mid 20th century quarter Rexine over marbled boards.
The illustrations show military formations , a battering ram, siege towers and weapons.

The Strategikos (Στρατηγικός) is a short but comprehensive work on the duties of a general. It is dedicated to Quintus Veranius Nepos, consul in AD 49, and legate of Britain. It was the chief authority for the military writings of the emperors Maurice and Leo VI, and Maurice of Saxony, who consulted it in a French translation and expressed a high opinion of it. It explains the broad principles of command, the duties of a general, the formation of an army, the preparation for battle, and other aspects of warfare from an ethical standpoint. "The earliest military treatise wherein so much stress is laid upon the commander's duties, the morale of the troops, the ethical side of warfare" (Sarton).
Onasander's Strategikos is one of the most important treatises on ancient military matters and provides information not commonly available in other ancient works on Greek military tactics, especially concerning the use of the light infantry in battle.
The text first appeared in a Latin translation by Nicolaus Saguntinus, Rome, 1494. 7 woodcut illustrations, 5 of which full-page First 2 leaves of dedication cut short just above page number. Titles toned. Booksellers stamp to front free endpaper.

Onasander or Onosander 1st century AD. Greek philosopher.
We know from Suidas that he was author of a commentary on the Republic of Plato, which is lost His only surviving work Strategikos (Στρατηγικός),is a short but comprehensive work on the duties of a general. It is dedicated to Quintus Veranius Nepos, consul in AD 49, and legate of Britain. It was the chief authority for the military writings of the emperors Maurice and Leo VI, and Maurice of Saxony, who consulted it in a French translation and expressed a high opinion of it.
"Onasander, Greek author, 1st cent. AD, Author of a Greek work about military matters (Στρατηγικός/"'Stratēgikós") dedicated to the Roman senator Q. Veranius (cos. AD 49) which dates to the period before 58/59, the year of Veranius' death (Tac. Agr. 14,2). In the prooemium, Onosander. briefly mentions the agenda of his work: He intended to give a summarizing account of military experience for Roman commanders without including his own ideas and opinions...." Schneider,[ Brill's New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and Helmuth Schneider . Brill, 2011. Brill Online. Tufts University Library. 25 ]
Graesse:5 p24; Brunet:5,188 242 by 183mm (9½ by 7¼ inches).   ref: 2990  €1600

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