Sextus Julius Frontinus

Sextus Julius Frontinus (ca. 40–103 AD) was a distinguished Roman aristocrat of the late 1st century AD: he was grandson of Aulus Julius Frontinus and Cornelia Africana the only child of Publius Cornelius Scipio. He is best known to the post-Classical world as an author of technical treatises, one dealing with the aqueducts of Rome and the other on strategy. Frontinus also wrote a theoretical treatise on military science, which is lost. His sirviving work on military matters is entitled Stratagems (Latin: Strategemata), is a collection of examples of military stratagems from Greek and Roman history, for the use of generals. He draws on his own experience as a general in Germany under Domitian, but similarities between the anecdotes he records and versions of other Roman authors like Valerius Maximus and Livy suggest that he drew mainly on literary sources. The authenticity of the fourth book has been challenged.

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