Auli Gellii Noctes Atticæ. Lugduni Batavorum : Ex Officina Petri Leffen, 1666.

Books of ancient literature from this collection cover the period from Homer’s time, 8c. BCE to the fall of the Roman Empire. In the collection many different examples of ancient literature can be found – epos, various types of poetry, drama (tragedy and comedy), oratorical prose, as well as philosophical, satirical, historical, geographical and practical literature.

Historical prose

Historical prose in the collection is the most represented with the best known authors being: Plutarch (Πλούταρχος, 46-120 CE), Svetonius (69/75-130 CE), Sallustius (86-35 BCE), father of Roman practical literature Cato the Elder (Cato Maior, 234-149 BCE). The collection includes descriptions of the history of Greece by Greek authors Herodotus (Ἡρόδοτος, 484-425 BCE), Thucydides (Θουκυδίδης, 460-395 BCE) and Polybius (Πολύβιος, 200-118 BCE), as well as fragments of Roman history depicted by Roman authors Titus Livius (59 BCE-17 CE), Marcus Velleius Paterculus (19 BCE-31 CE) and Tacitus (56-117 CE).

Various literary

Various literary genres in the collection are represented by Homer (Ὅμηρος, 8c. BCE) and Hesiod (Ἡσίοδος, 8c. BCE), Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-19 BCE) and Statius (Publius Papinius Statius, 45-96 CE), drama – Plautus (254-184 BCE), with selected comedies, and Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE), with selection of his most famous tragedies.

Aeneis Vergiliana. Parrhisiis : ab Ioanne Paruo, [1512]. 

The collection includes various works of philosophical prose genre by Greek philosophers Plato (Πλάτων, 424/423-348/347 BCE), Plutarch (Πλούταρχος, 46-120 CE), stoic Epictetus (Ἐπίκτητος, 55-135 CE) and Diogenes Laertius (Διογένης Λαέρτιος, 3c. CE), philosophical works of Roman authors Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE), “On the Sublime” (Περὶ ὕψους) by Longinus (Λογγῖνος, 1/3c. CE) and “Meditations” by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE).

Items can be ordered via Union catalog, to be received at the Library at Raiņa Boulevard.