Sir Richard Morison: An Early Reader of Cassius Dio in Tudor England?

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Abstract

Scholars have suggested that Cassius Dio’s Roman History was among the Greek sources used by the 16th century polemicist Sir Richard Morison in two of his treatises from the 1530s. This short article shows that this is not the case. Rather, Morison can be seen to be borrowing from Seneca’s De Clementia and Politian’s Latin translation of Herodian’s History of the Empire after Marcus Aurelius. This conclusion may cast some further light on the provenance of the booklist contained in British Library Add. MS 40,676 (ff. 110r-116r), and its attribution to Morison.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of the Classical Tradition
Volume29
Issue number4
Early online date2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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