Ammianus Marcellinus

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Cambridge University Press, 17 Απρ 2008 - 378 σελίδες
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Ammianus Marcellinus is usually regarded as our most important source for the history of the second half of the fourth century AD, while his literary qualities are neglected. This book demonstrates what a subtle and manipulative writer Ammianus is; attention is paid particularly to his rich and variegated intertextuality with earlier classical literature and history. Questioning the prevailing interest in the historian's life as the key to his work, Dr Kelly evaluates the historiographical function of the vivid and thrilling autobiographical passages. The range of Ammianus' allusions is surveyed, including his use of classical examples, his relationship with historical source-texts and the workings of internal echoes within the history. His interactions with other texts are seen as carefully controlled and meaningful; and both his allusive techniques and writing in general, it is argued, are better viewed as reflecting a classical, rather than a late antique, aesthetic.
 

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chapter 1
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firstdisplayedwhatwouldbecomeacommonplaceinterpretation
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hypothesises that such a visit might have coincided with Ammi
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the unburied
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Thisisaninterpretationfarremovedfromthoughnotabsolutely
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his interpretation of the causes and the aftermath of the
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chapter 2
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of partisanshipthenthe effectonthe textof narrativefeaturessuch
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5 Glossing
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should act as a reminder that relationships to contemporary works
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chapter 5
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I The obelisk
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as a special gift to the Sun God and because
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a matter of personal taste but it is clear that
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departure from life befell him as
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of the Spanish provinces
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2 Narrative and inuentio
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3 Allusions and marvels
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had crossed the riversGreater Zab and Tigris wouldbid at Antoninus
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IV Espionage
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I turn now to a second detailed case study on
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chapter 3
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external and
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his experience of Antioch brought to his history61 In the
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chapter 4
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is characteristically lateantique is at the least a simplification
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79 so too when the satirical commonplace of
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three points of contact most notably the coincidence of
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but corrects it so that it scans as the first
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2679 promissis uberrimis
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of Jovians peace however follows Eutropius pattern of thought
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chapter 6
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and quotes an otherwise unknown dictum of Caesar the dictator
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The next section will further examine the potential intratextual
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qui ludunt mortalitatem nunc euehentes quosdam
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The difficulty of controlling exemplary comparisons is
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V Conclusion
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chapter 7
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and specific exempla impacting on and showing up his successors
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2 Julian and Valentinian
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himdownhewouldsoonbecomeassoftandmercifulasAntoninus
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The contrast in the execution of justice by Julian and
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4 Strasbourg and Adrianople
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Book 31 Strasbourg is the node of the work where
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Gavin Kelly is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh.

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