Ammianus Marcellinus: Roman History, Volume I, Books 14-19

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 inAmmianus 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.
Ammianus Marcellinus Roman History Volume I Books Ammianus Marcellinus ca ca 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 emp

  • Title: Ammianus Marcellinus: Roman History, Volume I, Books 14-19
  • Author: Ammianus Marcellinus
  • ISBN: 9780674993310
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Ammianus Marcellinus: Roman History, Volume I, Books 14-19”

    1. This is the first volume of Rolfe's three-volume edition and translation of Ammianus for the Loeb Classical Library. I read only the English, to be frank. To my knowledge, this is currently the best English translation of Ammianus out there; the Penguin often follows Rolfe and has a tendency to cut bits that I think are interesting. We await eagerly Gavin Kelly's The Landmark Ammianus!Outside of the dated nature of the English, I was not overfond of Rolfe's use of the word savage all the time. H [...]

    2. I read a review of Ammianus Marcellinus in "Late Antiquity" praising him as a late Roman Empire prose stylist in the vein of Tacitus, all the more remarkable for writing in Latin when his own native language was Greek. I find late imperial history in the West difficult to follow, at times, but I must say, I do admire his clear prose, and found the sections dealing with the emperor Julian ("the Apostate") fascinating . . .

    3. Rolfe, the Loeb translator, is worse than worthless - see De Jonge and particularly Henricus Valesius (Henri Valois). Gibbons and Hobbes were both deep in Ammianus' jock - any other questions?

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