Late Roman World and its Historians: Interpreting Ammianus by Jan Willem Drijvers, David Hunt

By Jan Willem Drijvers, David Hunt

Ammianus Marcellinus, Greek by means of delivery yet writing in Latin c. advert 390, was once the final nice Roman historian. His writings are an essential foundation for our wisdom of the past due Roman international. This booklet represents a suite of papers analysing Ammianus's writings from various point of view, together with Ammianus as historian of, and player in, Julian's Persian crusade, his identity with conventional non secular attitudes and values in Rome and his view of the Persian Magi. The participants interact particularly with the idea that of self-identification. They deal with the stress of Ammianus' twin function as either 'outside' exterior narrator and even as and 'insider' to the modern stories and occasions which make up his surviving heritage.

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1. A bridge of boats was there two years later during Constantius II’s defensive campaign of 361. It is possible that it replaced the original bridge, as Ursicinus will doubtless have ordered any permanent structure to be taken down after he escaped. 7) uses the term navalis pons in the latter case. g. 2. This can at best be inferred from Amm. Marc. 7, where a ‘skilled aimer’ or ‘observer’ (contemplator peritissimus) directing a stone-firing ballista succeeded in hitting and killing the son of the Chionite king Grumbates.

Cf. Procopius, Goth. 17: . 3). 14 The term onager seems to be more modern and less dignified, cf. 12: quem onagrum sermo vulgaris appellat. 15 dolantur axes duo…hique in modum serratoriae machinae conectuntur…quos inter per cavernas funes colligantur robusti compagem, ne dissiliat, continentes. ab hac medietate restium ligneus stilus exsurgens obliquus et in modum iugalis temonis erectus ita nervorum nodulis implicatur, ut altius tolli possit et inclinari, summitatique eius unci ferrei copulantur, e quibus pendet…funda, cui ligno Preparing the reader for war: ammianus’ digression on siege engines 35 fulmentum prosternitur ingens.

5 Matthews, The Roman Empire of Ammianus, 75. Cf. Van Berchem (eds), The Abinnaeus Archive: Papers of a Roman Soldier in the Reign of Constantius II, Oxford 1962 (non vidi). 6 Mommsen, ‘Protectores Augusti’, 434 n. 1. 7 Cod. Theod. 3 (18 Sept. 420). 8 Cod. Theod. 30 (23 Sept. 368). 9 Cod. Theod. 10 (17 May 400). We know this only because, as the law stipulates, some protectores were guilty of overzealousness and rounded up agricultural labourers working on the estates of landed magnates without just cause.

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