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Ammianus' Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae

Alan J. Ross


This book presents a re-examination of Ammianus Marcellinus’ agenda and methods in narrating the reign of the emperor Julian (355–63). Ammianus’ Res Gestae provides the fullest extant narrative of Julian, and holds a prominent position in modern studies of the last ‘pagan’ emperor. This book suggests that the Res Gestae presents a Latin-speaking, western audience with an idiosyncratic and ‘Romanized’ depiction of the philhellene emperor. Consciously exploiting his position as a Greek writing in Latin, and as a contemporary of Julian, Ammianus wished the Res Gestae to be considered a culminatin ... More

Keywords: Ancient Historiography, Narratology, Intertextuality, Ammianus, Fourth-century Literature, Epideictic Literature, Late Antique History, Julian, Constantius II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan J. Ross, author
Research Fellow, University College Dublin