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Julius Frontinus was once appointed through the Emperor Nerva to the submit of water commissioner for the town of Rome in ninety seven CE. In at the Water-Rights of the town of Rome he files his tasks, duties and accomplishments in the course of his first yr in place of work. He additionally sketches the historical past of the aqueducts and furnishes a wealth of technical info. this can be the main authoritative variation of this paintings to be released to date.

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For comfort numbered references are to Tonelli’s variation (); the letters were newly edited via Helene Harth (). ‘Fronto’ for ‘Frontinus’ is to be defined partly by means of lack of information (the paintings had as but no longer been seen), yet this identify happens within the culture of the Strategemata (see Gundermann’s preface, xii) – and there's even an epigraphic attestation: CIL .  intercourse. Iuli Frontoni. Poggio makes use of ‘Frontinus’ for the 1st time in Epist. .  (Nov. ), now not might be coincidentally simply after receiving a record of the Hersfeld manuscript (see below). Panormita’s ‘Iulius Fronto’, taking place a few months later, turns out to mirror adherence to the shape that had won preliminary forex. As past due as  Traversari writes (Epist. . ) ‘Frontonem de aquaeductibus’, yet corrects himself instant: ‘Est tamen identity opus non Frontonis, ut putavimus, sed Frontini. ’  INTRODUCTION a hold up in buying the text, and eventually on  November he stories that the hunt has been unsuccessful (Epist. . ): ‘Iulius Frontinus non reperitur in monasterio Cassinati, nam rescripsit nobis ille, cui curam demandaramus, se diu quesisse librum, sed minime inveniri. ’ yet, he keeps in excessive spirits, ‘Hec autem minima est iactura, nam aliunde expiscabimur. ’ the recent wish arose simply because Poggio have been approached by means of ‘quidam monachus amicus meus ex quodam monasterio Germaniae’. The monk used to be Heinrich von Grebenstein, found in Rome on one of the reliable visits on behalf of the abbey of Hersfeld, yet with a sideline curiosity in buying and selling books. Poggio misplaced no time in sharing with Niccol`o highlights at the record he had acquired from the monk: ‘inter ea volumina est Iulius Frontinus et aliqua opera Cornelii Taciti nobis ignota’.  Contacts with the Hersfeld monk have been protracted for greater than 3 years. within the fall of  Poggio requested for an ‘inventarium cuiusdam vetustissimi monasterii in Germania, ubi est ingens copia librorum’ (Epist. . ), and he turns out to have got it within the spring of  while Heinrich von Grebenstein used to be back in Rome. On  may possibly Poggio wrote that the recent stock used to be a unhappiness (Epist. . ): he may perhaps do no larger for Niccol`o than to ship him ‘partem inventarii sui, in quo describitur volumen illud Cornelii Taciti, et aliorum quibus caremus’. Hopes of buying the treasures from Hersfeld remained unrealised: in February  the monk back arrived in Rome    Epist. .  ( June): ‘Si Iulius Fronto veniet, qui procul dubio, nisi perditus est, veniet, hec in line with proprios tabellarios deferentur advert Poggium. ’ Epist. .  ( August): ‘De Monte Cassino, hoc est Iulio Frontone sollicitus sum, sed mirum est; tam pauci eo accedunt aut inde advert nos veniunt. ’ Epist. .  ( September): ‘Iulium Frontonem aliquando eruemus ex agro illo Cassinati, sed durum est impellere istos nostros barbaros, ut aliquid take a seat eis dulce preter pretium. ’ That the ‘German monastery’ was once Hersfeld emerges from different letters: Epist. .  ( may well ) and .

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