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Title: Les livres 41-42 des Histoires Philippiques de Trogue-Pompée résumées par Justin
Author(s): LEROUGE-COHEN, Charlotte
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 44 Date: 2009
This article «A Study of Books 41-42 of Justin’s Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus» is an attempt to determine, through the study of books 41-42 of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus, what kind of knowledge a learned Roman living in Augustus’ era had about the Parthians. It deals essentially, once again, with the question of Trogus’ sources. From the analysis of the text it appears that Trogus combines information coming from a Greek work specifically dedicated to Parthian history and civilization, probably the Parthica of Apollodorus of Artemita, with elements deriving from Roman observations and with his own personal reflexions. This is true for the historical chapters as well as for the ethnographical ones. Consequently, one should consider this text as expressing Trogus’ own vision of the Parthians, and not as simply reflecting a lost source.