Julius Obsequens

400 - 301

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Julius Obsequens was a Roman writer active in the 4th or early 5th centuries AD, during late antiquity. His sole known work is the Prodigiorum liber (Book of Prodigies), a tabulation of the wonders and portents that had occurred in the Roman Republic and early Principate in the years 249–12 BC. The material for the Prodigiorum liber was largely excerpted from the 1st century AD Ab Urbe Condita Libri of the Augustan historian Livy, which chronicled the history of the Roman state from its origin to the beginning of the imperial period, though Julius used it selectively and sometimes added interpretations of the omens and incidents he included. There is a common view that Julius only knew Livy's text wholly or in part from an epitome, but there is scant evidence of this.The work was first printed by the Italian humanist, Aldus Manutius, in 1508, after a manuscript belonging to Jodocus of Verona (now lost). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Julius Obsequens has received more than 36,473 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Julius Obsequens is the 2,865th most popular writer (down from 2,181st in 2019), the 2,451st most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,911th in 2019) and the 170th most popular Italian Writer.

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Among writers, Julius Obsequens ranks 2,865 out of 5,794Before him are Gonzalo de Berceo, François Hanriot, Hella Haasse, Marta Kauffman, Syd Field, and Renaud Camus. After him are Song Yingxing, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Paul Fleming, Abolqasem Lahouti, William Goldman, and Edna O'Brien.

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Among people born in 400, Julius Obsequens ranks 52Before him are Justina, Aioulf, Victor, Arshak II, Syrianus, and Respendial. After him are Coelius Sedulius, Varazdat, Kumaragupta I, Mallobaudes, Maruthas of Martyropolis, and Sallustius. Among people deceased in 301, Julius Obsequens ranks 4Before him are Asanga, Maurus Servius Honoratus, and Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus Palladius.

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Among people born in Italy, Julius Obsequens ranks 2,451 out of 4,088Before him are Marco Foscarini (1696), Camillo Berneri (1897), Guido Crepax (1933), Virgilio Noè (1922), Francesco Moser (1951), and Gastone Nencini (1930). After him are Maria Fortunata d'Este (1731), Luigi Bertolini (1904), Gian Piero Ventura (1948), Pietro Mennea (1952), Alessandro Albani (1692), and Francesco Molin (1575).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Julius Obsequens ranks 170Before him are Ada Negri (1870), Valerio Massimo Manfredi (1942), Giuseppe Giacosa (1847), Duris of Samos (-340), Tiziano Terzani (1938), and Marco Foscarini (1696). After him are Alda Merini (1931), Antonio Beccadelli (1394), Antonio Ghislanzoni (1824), Sibilla Aleramo (1876), Giuseppe Parini (1729), and Elio Vittorini (1908).