Lucius Ampelius, was possibly a tutor or schoolmaster, and author of an extremely concise summary--a kind of index--of universal history (Liber Memorialis) from the earliest times to the reign of Trajan.
Its object and scope are sufficiently indicated in the dedication to a certain Macrinus:
- "Since you desire to know everything, I have written this 'book of notes,' that you may learn of what the universe and its elements consist, what the world contains, and what the human race has done."
- "At Pergamum there is a great marble altar, 40 feet high, with colossal sculptures, representing a battle of the giants."
There is no English edition or translation. The first edition of Ampelius was published in 1638 by Salmasius (Saumaise) from the Dijon MS., now lost, together with the Epitome of Florus; the latest edition is by Wölfflin (1854), based on Salmasius's copy of the lost codex.
See Glaser, Rheinisches Museum, ii. (1843); Zink, Eos, ii (1866); Wölfflin, De L. Ampelii Libro Memoriali (1854).
Initial text from 1911 encyclopedia -- Please update as needed.