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Ammianus Marcellinus: Roman History, Volume III, Books 27-31. Excerpta Valesiana

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Ammianus Marcellinus, ca. 325-ca. 395 CE, a Greek of Antioch, joined the army when still young and served under the governor Ursicinus and the emperor of the East Constantius II, and later under the emperor Julian, whom he admired and accompanied against the Alamanni and the Persians. He subsequently settled in Rome, where he wrote in Latin a history of the Roman empire in Ammianus Marcellinus, ca. 325-ca. 395 CE, a Greek of Antioch, joined the army when still young and served under the governor Ursicinus and the emperor of the East Constantius II, and later under the emperor Julian, whom he admired and accompanied against the Alamanni and the Persians. He subsequently settled in Rome, where he wrote in Latin a history of the Roman empire in the period 96-378 CE, entitled "Rerum Gestarum Libri XXXI." Of these 31 books only 14-31 (353-378 CE) survive, a remarkably accurate and impartial record of his own times. Soldier though he was, he includes economic and social affairs. He was broadminded towards non-Romans and towards Christianity. We get from him clear indications of causes of the fall of the Roman empire. His style indicates that his prose was intended for recitation. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Ammianus Marcellinus is in three volumes.


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Ammianus Marcellinus, ca. 325-ca. 395 CE, a Greek of Antioch, joined the army when still young and served under the governor Ursicinus and the emperor of the East Constantius II, and later under the emperor Julian, whom he admired and accompanied against the Alamanni and the Persians. He subsequently settled in Rome, where he wrote in Latin a history of the Roman empire in Ammianus Marcellinus, ca. 325-ca. 395 CE, a Greek of Antioch, joined the army when still young and served under the governor Ursicinus and the emperor of the East Constantius II, and later under the emperor Julian, whom he admired and accompanied against the Alamanni and the Persians. He subsequently settled in Rome, where he wrote in Latin a history of the Roman empire in the period 96-378 CE, entitled "Rerum Gestarum Libri XXXI." Of these 31 books only 14-31 (353-378 CE) survive, a remarkably accurate and impartial record of his own times. Soldier though he was, he includes economic and social affairs. He was broadminded towards non-Romans and towards Christianity. We get from him clear indications of causes of the fall of the Roman empire. His style indicates that his prose was intended for recitation. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Ammianus Marcellinus is in three volumes.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    The final volume covers the cruelties and unwarranted executions by Valentinian and Valens. Death of Valentinian I, succession of Gratian and choice of his little brother Valentinian II. Death of Valens in a badly conducted war, without an heir. Volume 3 only covers part of the rule of Valens. A lot was happening in the Roman Empire to fill the book: court intrigues and politics, and wars mostly in Eastern Europe where the Empire was under pressure from Goths under pressure from Huns. At the end The final volume covers the cruelties and unwarranted executions by Valentinian and Valens. Death of Valentinian I, succession of Gratian and choice of his little brother Valentinian II. Death of Valens in a badly conducted war, without an heir. Volume 3 only covers part of the rule of Valens. A lot was happening in the Roman Empire to fill the book: court intrigues and politics, and wars mostly in Eastern Europe where the Empire was under pressure from Goths under pressure from Huns. At the end are attached lives of Constantine and King Theodoric by authors later than Ammianus.

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    I really enjoyed this late imperial history, which goes up to the battle of Hadrianopolis (Adrianople). Also there is the Excerpta Valesiana in this volume, which includes the reigns of Odoacer and Theoderic - cool stuff!

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