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  Ammianus Marcellinus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Like many ancient historians, Ammianus supposedly had a strong political and religious agenda to pursue, and he contrasted Constantius II with Julian to the former's constant disadvantage.
Ammianus was a pagan, and some have said that he marginalises Christianity repeatedly in his account.
It is a striking fact that Ammianus, though a professional soldier, gives excellent pictures of social and economic problems, and in his attitude to the non-Roman peoples of the empire he is far more broad-minded than writers like Livy and Tacitus; his digressions on the various countries he had visited are particularly interesting.
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 Peterhouse: Dr Gavin Kelly   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Ammianus alludes constantly and promiscuously to literature of the past (the student of his intertextuality is necessarily a student of Latin literature as a whole).
Ammianus is frequently found to allude to earlier authors in a manner that violently twists the sense or context of the original.
I argue that attempts to interpret Ammianus within a late antique aesthetic are misplaced, and that we may have a distorted idea of allusion in Ammianus because he wrote in an age whose tastes to a large extent decided what literature would survive.
www.pet.cam.ac.uk /fellows/gajk100/gajk100_2.html   (1424 words)

 The Siege of Amida in 359 by Ammianus Marecllinus
The Siege of Amida in 359 by Ammianus Marecllinus
Ammianus Marcellinus was an army officer of Greek origin who left a history of the wars and conflicts that beset the Roman Empire in the latter half of the fourth century.
This section begins with Ammianus, an officer under the command of the General Ursicinus, on his way to the city of Samosata after hearing reports of enemy movements.
www.deremilitari.org /resources/sources/ammianus.htm   (3049 words)

 Electronic Antiquity v6n1 - Ronald Newbold
Ammianus too has plots or strikes against rulers, rebellion and attacks on Rome that have to be responded to, such as the killing of Julian and the treacherous charge of the Limigantes against Constantius when on the Danube frontier.
Ammianus' four references to the method by which revenge is sought are force of arms, Roman soldiers making demands, handing a plotter and his closest associates over to general Dulcitius, and "many formidable means" (29.5.2).
Ammianus' comments and hypothetical situations feature the by now familiar complaints about the excessive readiness of emperors to punish/exact vengeance, to which the merciful Julian was a welcome contrast.
scholar.lib.vt.edu /ejournals/ElAnt/V6N1/newbold.html   (14712 words)

 Ammianus Marcellinus
Ammianus became a member of the protectores domestici (the imperial bodyguard after the disbanding of the praetorian guard) at only 20 years of age.
As Ammianus fails to return to the cause of these troubles, or how soon they were resolved, we are kept in the dark as to the severity of the events.
Though Ammianus mentions several peoples, and the word ‘concerted’ suggests an attack by more than one enemy, this is by no means proof of a ‘conspiracy’, which would involve a level of cooperation that never before, nor afterwards, seems to have been possible among the enemies of Britain.
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 Ammianus Marcellinus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
He accompanied this emperor, for whom he expresses enthusiastic admiration, in his campaigns against the Alamanni and the Persians; after his death he took part in the retreat of Jovian as far as Antioch, where he was residing when the conspiracy of Theodoras (371) was discovered and cruelly put down.
"Ammianus is an accurate and faithful guide, who composed the history of his own times without indulging the prejudices and passions which usually affect the mind of a contemporary" (Edward Gibbon).
It is a striking fact that Ammianus, though a professional soldier, gives excellent pictures of social and economic problems, and in his attitude to the non-Roman peoples of the empire he is far more broad-minded than writers like Livy and Tacitus; his digressions on the various countries he had visited are peculiarly interesting.
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 Ammianus Marcellinus on the Geography of the Pontus Euxinus
Ammianus Marcellinus on the Geography of the Pontus Euxinus
Ammianus Marcellinus on the Geography of the Pontus Euxinus [1]
Ammianus' geographical ignorance and mistakes seem all the more surprising since he had indicated in the introduction to the digression (22.8.1) that he would give an accurate description of the topography of the Black Sea based on his own observation and on what he had read (visa vel lecta).
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 Roman Emperors DIR Gallus Caesar
Ammianus, whose account commences with events of the winter of 353/4, does not mention the transfer, an omission which suggests that the act occurred during the first year or so of Gallus' stay.
Ammianus (14.7.2) credits Honoratus with the salvation of the senators of Antioch, all of whom Gallus had sentenced to death in recompense for their opposition to this policy (did this episode figure in the replacement of Honoratus by Nebridius?).
Ammianus vividly describes Theophilus' death, the mishandling of his body, and the burning of the home of the decurion Eubulus (14.7.5-7), while Julian (Misopogon 370 C) recalls the burning of the houses of the powerful and calls this, along with Theophilus' murder, the result of the justified but excessive anger of the populace[[13]] Libanius (Or.
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Zonaras, Ammianus Marcellinus and John of Antioch on the reigns of the emperors Constantius II and Julian.
Ammianus and the eternity of Rome, in The inheritance of historiography 350-900, edd.
Ammianus' definition of Christianity as absoluta et simplex religio, in Cognitio gestorum: the historiographic art of Ammianus Marcellinus, ed.
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 Ammianus Marcellinus Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Ammianus Marcellinus, thought by some to be the last Roman historian of worth, was born about A.D. 325-330 likely at Antioch (the likelihood hingeing on whether he was the recipient of a surviving letter to a Marcellinus from a fellow citizen of Antioch).
He accompanied this emperor, for whom he expresses enthusiastic admiration, in his campaigns against the Alamanni and the Persians; after his death he took part in the retreat of Jovian as far as Antioch, where he was residing when the conspiracy of Theodorus (371) was discovered and cruelly put down.
In his description of the empire--the exhaustion produced by excessive taxation, the financial ruin of the middle classes, the progressive decline in the morale of the army--we find the explanation of its fall before the Goths twenty years after his death.
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 Ammianus, Theodosius and Sallust's Jugurtha
The purpose of this paper is to examine Ammianus' treatment of the elder Theodosius and to suggest the existence of certain parallels between his account of Theodosius' suppression of the rising of the Moorish chieftain Firmus (29.5) and an earlier North African war, that waged by Q. Metellus and C.
That Ammianus should approve his decision is reasonable enough; what is surprising is that he cites it under the rubric of another general's virtue, militaris scientia,[9] in which Theodosius outstripped his contemporaries, when it seems rather proof of sound political judgement.
Ammianus is less complimentary to Firmus, alluding to him as ferox only once (41), where neither the rest of the description nor the context redound to Firmus' credit: ipse Firmus ferox et saepe in suam perniciem praeceps equo auferretur in fugam.
www.dur.ac.uk /Classics/histos/1997/seager.html   (4564 words)

 Institute for the Classical Tradition | Boston University
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Ammianus was regarded as an estimable and reliable source, and he was of enormous importance to Edward Gibbon for both facts and judgments.
The close examination of his language and its classical antecedents led to the conclusion that he was an incompetent writer, whose main value lay in his uncritical preservation of historical material.
More recently, since the Second World War, Ammianus has regained and surpassed his former reputation, and is now generally regarded as one of the outstanding writers of antiquity, complex, subtle, and manipulative, and, therefore, to be handled very warily as a source of historical fact.
www.bu.edu /ict/ijct/search/2/4/blockley.html   (188 words)

 Ammianus Marcellinus - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS [Ammianus Marcellinus], c.330-c.400, Roman historian, b.
Though written in an extremely rhetorical style, this reliable and impartial history is praised not only for its coverage of military events, but for detailed information concerning economic, administrative, and social history, biographical information about the various emperors, and tolerant descriptions of foreign cultures.
Ammianus Marcellinus and the Representation of Historical Reality.(Review)
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 Ammianus Marcellinus about Constantius II -- The Ammianus Marcellinus Online Project
Ammianus was a competent jugde of military matters without seriously restricting his critical perspective.
We have seen that Ammianus was a competent judge in military matters, but he also left us a description of the person behind the emperor Constantius.
Ammianus puts this in the following perspective: “And as he [Constantius] deliberated with his closest friends, in secret conferences and by night, by what force or by what devices…it seemed best that Gallus should be summoned [so that] he might be put to death without hindrance” (14.11.1).
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 Ammianus as a military Historian -- The Ammianus Marcellinus Online Project
Ammianus, on the other hand, many times emphasized deeds of rulers as examples of their traits as military leaders, exaggerating minor details.
Ammianus “treatment of personalities and issues is fair and balanced” as well as self-consistent.
Ammianus had superior sources and could tell the story from headquarters’ point of view, yet he left out Constantius’ role because he wanted to emphasise Julian’s part.
odur.let.rug.nl /~drijvers/ammianus/contributions/military.htm   (545 words)

 Biogrpahy (page 2) -- The Ammianus Marcellinus Online Project
Ammianus tells us that the higher staff officers were given field command while the younger, among them Ammianus, had to carry out special commissions at short notice (16.10.21).
Ammianus probably did not serve on the staff of Ursicinus' successor Agilo, but we do find him on Julian's Persian expedition in 363.
Ammianus dedicated two long digressions to the vices of the Roman population (14.6 and 28.4).
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 Biography -- The Ammianus Marcellinus Online Project
Bowersock (1990) doesn't agree with Matthews that the recipient of the letter was Ammianus, and that therefore Ammianus did not necessarily come from Antioch.
Some time before 353, when Ammianus was in his twenties, he joined the army and was made protector domesticus attached to the staff of Ursicinus, the master of the cavalry in the East.
So Ammianus probably belonged to a family of high, probably, curial rank, since he was too young to have built up a glorious military career and get promoted to the position he held.
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 Ammianus Marcellinus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The last great historian to write in Latin, Ammianus Marcellinus was born in Syrian Antioch c.330 CE.
He served in the Roman army in Gaul and in campaigns against the Persians, and was an officer in the Praetorian Guard.
Ancient History Sourcebook: Ammianus Marcellinus (c.330-395 CE): History, XIV.16: The Luxury of the Rich in Rome, c.400 CE.
www.forumromanum.org /literature/ammianus_bio.html   (247 words)

 Ammianus Marcellinus - Wikipedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Vermutungen, Ammianus habe ein zweites Werk von ähnlichem Umfang verfasst, in dem er die Geschichte von Nerva bis Konstantin behandelte, womit die verlorenen Bücher 1–13 nur den Zeitraum von Konstantin bis 353 abgedeckt hätten, werden von der neueren Forschung verworfen.
Ammianus selbst war ganz Römer und betonte die Einheit der griechisch-römischen Kultur, doch sah er die Grenzen des Römischen Reichs überall vor dem Ansturm der Barbaren kollabieren.
Ammianus selbst war zwar Heide, begegnete dem Christentum aber mit einer großen Toleranz, da er beispielsweise die Armenversorgung und die moralischen Werte neidlos anerkannte.
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 Roman History Books and More: ammianus marcellinus, roman historian (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Ammianus Marcellinus was born between 325 and 335 A.D. and lived until at least 395.
Ammianus’ work is often described as a continuation of the work of Tacitus.
The importance of Ammianus as a historian is that he was able to break out of the superficiality of the “Kaiserbiographie” into an analysis, sometimes objective but always perceptive, of his age.
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.02.22
In his Introduction, after some useful but brief remarks on the state of research on Ammianus, in which he does not attempt to review progress since 1977, a daunting task, but rather points to works that do, Sz.
Ammianus knew it: for him Julian's speech to his troops at Kaiseraugst (21.5.1) marked a critical development.
207, 209 and elsewhere) is the extent to which Ammianus' criticism reflects, not simply 'pagan' hostility, but the polemic of what he calls the 'orthodox' (i.e.
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 Ancient History Sourcebook: Ammianus Marcellinus: The Battle of Hadrianopolis, 378 CE
The Battle of Hadrianopolis, 378 CE At this time Valens was disturbed by a twofold anxiety, having learned that the people of Lintz had been defeated, and also because Sebastian, in the letters which he sent from time to time, exaggerated what had taken place by his pompous language.
And far off were heard the miserable wailing of those who were left behind--the sobs of the dying, and the agonizing groans of the wounded.
Ammianus Marcellinus, The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of The Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens, trans.
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 Athena Review 1,2: Late Roman and Dark Age Historians of Britain
As attested by writings of both Ammianus and Julian (himself a prolific writer and competent historian), Britain was an important source of grain for Gaul.
Ammianus directly mentions ships arriving in war-weary Gaul: "He even constructed granaries in place of those burned, in which could be stored the supply of grain usually brought over from Britain" (Book 18, 2,3; AD 359).
Flavius Eutropius, a contemporary of Ammianus Marcellinus, and fellow soldier under Julian in the Persian campaign, became the court historian for the emperor Valens (364-378).
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 Ammianus Marcellinus and the Representation of Historical Reality by Robert M. Franks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Because Ammianus tells the reader that he started his narrative with the reign of Nerva (96-98), the lost first thirteen books of the Res Gestae would have dealt with around 257 years, demonstrating an uneven scale of narrative.
Arguing that Ammianus composed his work in hexads (groups of six books), Barnes extrapolates that Ammianus really wrote his work in thirty-six books and that what we have surviving are actually books 19-36 (which were misnumbered in the transmission of the text to 14-31).
Barnes questions whether Libanius would have been as demeaning to Ammianus and his work as the letter appears to be towards `Marcellinus.' As opposed to some recent theories, Barnes favours an origin for Ammianus somewhere in either Syria or Phoenicia because of the historian's knowledge of some Syriac.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Ammianus
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Ammianus Marcellinus AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS [Ammianus Marcellinus], c.330-c.400, Roman historian, b.
Marcellinus Ammianus MARCELLINUS AMMIANUS [Marcellinus Ammianus] see Ammianus Marcellinus.
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 The Bones on the Battlefield: Autopsy and Allusion in Ammianus Marcellinus (31   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
My paper contrasts two possible (not necessarily contradictory) interpretations of the passage: though a discreet claim of autopsy has often been seen (and thus a valuable autobiographical detail), I argue that the investigation of allusion is less speculative and far more profitable.
But these words also serve as acknowledgement and intertextual ësignpostí, by suggesting the contrast to other times when fields were covered in bones, in Vergilís ancient Latium, or in the aftermath of the Teutoburger Wald in Tacitus.
As far as concerns his relationships with other texts, he should be studied with the same insights as have illuminated earlier Latin literature, rather than in a late-antique ghetto.
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