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Fenestella

a Roman historian, of considerable celebrity, who flourished during the reign of Augustus, and died, according to the Eusebian Chronicle, A. D. 21, in the 70th year of his age.


Works


His great work, entitled Annales, frequently quoted by Asconius, Pliny, A. Gellius, and others, extended to at least twenty-two books, as appears from a reference in Nonius, and seems to have contained very minute, but not always perfectly accurate, information with regard to the internal affairs of the city. The few fragments preserved relate almost exclusively to events subsequent to the Carthaginian wars; but whether the narrative reached from the foundation of Rome to the down-fall of the republic, or comprehended only a portion of that space, we have no means of determining. We are certain, however, that it embraced the greater part of Cicero's career.


Other Possible Works

In addition to the Annales, we find a citation in Diomedes from “Fenestellam in libro Epitomarum secundo,” of which no other record remains.

St. Jerome speaks of Carmina as well as histories.

The Archaica, ascribed in some editions of Fulgentius to Fenestella, must belong, if such a work ever existed, to some writer of a much later epoch.

A treatise, De Sacerdotiis et Maagistratibus Romanorumn Libri II., published at Vienna in 1510, under the name of Fenestella, and often reprinted, is, in reality, the production of a certain Andrea Domenico Fiocchi, a Florentine jurist of the fourteenth century.


Further Information

Plin. Nat. 8.7, 9.17, 35, 15.1, 30.11; Senec. Epist. 108; Suet. Vit, Terent.; Gel. 15.28; Lactant. de Falsa Rel, 1.6; Hieron. in Euseb. Chron. Ol. excix; Diomedes, p. 361. ed. Putsch; Non. Marcell. ii. s. v. Praesente, iii. s. v. Reticulum, iv. s. v. Rumor; Madvig. de Ascon. Ped. &c. p. 64.

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