Sextus Julius Frontinus (Frontinus, Sextus Iulius)( Roman politician and writer)
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Frontinus, Sextus Julius; Frontinus, Sextus Iulius, OK. 30 (or 40) -103 9ili 104) he. n. e., a Roman politician and writer. In 70. was urban praetor, and in 73 g. - Consul (consul suffectus), then was appointed imperial legate in Britain, built a road Via Iulia (Julio road). At the time of Emperor Domitian in the period of terror retired. By this time (88-96 gg.) Comprise a large part of his work. On coming to power of Emperor Nerves V. began in 97 g. superintendent aqueducts in Rome in the reign of Trajan - again became consul in 98 g. (consul II suffectus), and then a third time in 100 g. (consul III ordinarus). Literary activity F. respect to special issues and closely connected with his official duties.
Of the two books on land surveying business, written in the reign of Domitian, were preserved only excerpts that contain the basis of mathematical and legal knowledge, for example, the quality of the soil (De agrorum qualitate), about the controversy (De controversiis). From the field of military affairs has reached our days, a treatise on the art of war Stratogemy (Strategemata) in 4 books. It contains examples illustrating the Greek and Roman art of war for use by military commanders. In the first three books were collected information on actions before, during and after the battle, as well as during the siege. Controversial issue is the authenticity of the fourth book, which describes the outstanding military maneuvers. Another essay F. from the same area on the art of war (De re militari) lost. As curator of the water supply, F. write an essay about urban aqueducts of Rome (De aquis urbis Romae or De aquae ductu urbis Romae; 97-98 years.), which remained almost entirely. In it we find comprehensive data on the city water supply with a description of their construction, and related legal issues with attached instruments and documents. For this work the author has engaged a special Greek literature, works of historians, and above all their own practical knowledge. Treatise, seasoned in the business style is of interest to researchers and archaeologists realities. In all his works F. focuses primarily on the content, so the language had a very substantive, and the style simple.