Written by Roman general Sextus Julius Frontinus and translated into Spanish: the secret of the invincible Roman legions

Los Quatro Libros… de los Enxemplos, Consejos y Avisos de la Guerra

Los Quatro Libros… de los Enxemplos, Consejos y Avisos de la Guerra

Los Quatro Libros… de los Enxemplos, Consejos y Avisos de la Guerra

  1. Sextus Julius Frontinus (ca. 40–103) was a Roman general, civil engineer, author, and politician

  2. He served in Germania during the reign of Emperor Domitian (51–96) and offers various stratagems from Greek and Roman history

  3. Roman military manuals were prized by Renaissance scholars seeking the secret to the legions’ reputation for near invincibility

Los Quatro Libros… de los Enxemplos, Consejos y Avisos de la Guerra

Los Quatro Libros… de los Enxemplos, Consejos y Avisos de la Guerra – R/31603 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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Uncovering and translating works from antiquity was one of the most important labors of the Renaissance. While the great works of ancient poets and philosophers were highly prized, there were other, far more practical texts that were of interest. The Romans has been great craftsmen, engineers, and soldiers, creating the world’s first professional army with standardized training, tactics, units, and equipment. The 1st century Roman military manual by Sextus Julius Frontinus was translated into Spanish in the 15th century and printed in the early 16th century – a work that spans history.

Los Quatro Libros… de los Enxemplos, Consejos y Avisos de la Guerra

Rediscovered works from antiquity were popular during the Renaissance and were being translated into vernacular languages at a tremendous rate. Roman military manuals were particularly popular as authors sought to discover the secret to the legions’ reputation for near invincibility. One such work was the Strategemata or Stratagems by the 1st century Roman general, civil engineer, author, and politician Sextus Julius Frontinus (ca. 40–103). In the text, presumably written as a handbook for generals, Frontinus provides examples of various stratagems from Greek and Roman history. Although best known for his treatise on water engineering, aqueducts specifically, he was an experienced military leader, having served as a general in Germania during the reign of Emperor Domitian (51–96). Nonetheless, like most classical works, his treatise appears to be based mostly on literary sources, building on respected traditions rather than his personal experience. Diego Guillén de Ávila, who translated the text into Spanish in the 15th century, wrote that Frontinus “puts many remedies and tricks into action for all the events of war”, indicating that the author had ample and well-chosen anecdotes for his text. This Spanish edition was printed on February 1st, 1515 by Lorenzo di Liondedei in Salamanca and its instructive text was adorned with engraved initials and preceded by a full-page woodcut of the royal crest.

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