Wednesday, 12 June 2013

45 Lost Books

-          A luxury edition of the Iliad, prepared by Aristotle. Alexander the Great took it with him on all of his travels. 

-          Aethiopis and Sack of Troy, by Arctinus of Miletus. A continuation of the Iliad.

-          Homer’s Margites

-          Ctesibius’ Memorabilia. A compilation of his research.

-          On Mechanical Toys and Diversions (Automatopoeica), by Philo of Byzantium

-          On the Ocean, by Pytheas of Massalia

-          An account of Alexander’s expedition, by Callisthenes

-          Origins (Origines), a history of Rome, by Cato the Elder. The first prose history in Latin. 

-          Rerum memoria dignarum libri, an encyclopaedic work by Verrius Flaccus.

-          De vita sua, by Augustus

-          Historical Sketches, by Strabo 

-          History of Babylonia (Babyloniaca), by Berossus. Written ca. 290-278 BC, using ancient Babylonian texts. 

-          On Rome (Roma), in 4 parts: Roman Manners and Customs, The Roman Year, The Roman Festivals & Roman Dress by Suetonius.

-          Iter ('The Journey') by  Julius Caesar. It was composed during a trip from Rome to Spain (46 BC).

-          Pamphilus of Alexandria’s comprehensive lexicon in 95 books of foreign or obscure words.

-           De Bibliotecis, by Marcus Terentius Varro
-          Medea, by Ovid
-          Republic, by Zeno of Citium

-          An Etruscan dictionary & an Etruscan history, by Claudius

-          A Carthaginian history, by Claudius

-          Affairs in Asia, Affairs in Europe & On the Erythraean Sea, by Agatharchides

-          Geographica, by Eratosthenes
-          The Lives of Scipio Africanus, Augustus, Claudius and Nero, by Plutarch 

-          History of Constantine the Great, by Praxagoras

-          History of the German Wars & History of his Times, by Pliny the Elder

-          Catalogue of Women, by Hesiod 

-          Persica & Indica, by Ctesias. A history of Assyria, Persia and India.

-          On the Causes of Corrupted Eloquence, by Quintilian

-          De arte alea (a book on dice games), by Claudius

-          Critical Signs Used in Books, by Suetonius

-          Women Swimming (Kolymbôsai), by Alcman 

-          Euclid’s Book of Fallacies (Pseudaria)

-          Frying-Pan Men, by Aristophanes 

-          Men Who See Everything, by Eubulus 

-          Women Sailing Across the Sea,  by Alexis 

-          De jaculatione equestri, by Pliny the Elder 


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