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The Last Pagans of Rome$
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Alan Cameron

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747276.001.0001

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The Annales of Nicomachus Flavianus I

The Annales of Nicomachus Flavianus I

(p.627) 17 The Annales of Nicomachus Flavianus I
The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the lost Annales of Nicomachus Flavianus, which many scholars believe to be the most important and influential pagan history of the late 4th-century West. According to some, an imperial history from Augustus to the death of Gratian (383); according to others the whole of Roman history, from the foundation of Rome right down to the fall of the usurper Maximus in 388. It is argued that virtually nothing is known about Flavian's Annales. Not a single word survives. Not a single reference in any literary text of any sort or date. This supposedly so important and influential work is known from just two epigraphic dedications: one by his grandson, Nicomachus Dexter, revealing no more than a work called Annales dedicated to Theodosius; the other from the base to the statue erected in the family house on the Caelian Hill by his grandson-in-law Memmius Symmachus ca. 402.

Keywords:   Nicomachus Flavianus, pagan history, paganism, Nicomachus Dexter, Annales, Theodosius, Memmius Symmachus

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