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The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of the Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens   By:

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The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of the Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens is a remarkable piece of historical literature that offers a detailed account of the turbulent times during the fourth century Roman Empire. Written by the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus, this comprehensive work provides readers with an intimate and fascinating insight into the political and religious battles, military campaigns, and key events that shaped the destiny of the empire.

Marcellinus' deep understanding of Roman society and his meticulous approach to documenting historical events make this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this period. The author's clear and concise writing style ensures that the complex political and military maneuvers are easily understood, while still retaining a sense of intrigue and drama.

One of the most striking aspects of Marcellinus' work is his ability to present the reader with a balanced perspective. Rather than solely focusing on one emperor or faction, the author attempts to objectively outline the strengths and weaknesses of each ruler. This nuanced portrayal allows readers to appreciate the complex nature of the empire and the challenges faced by its leaders.

Furthermore, Marcellinus' attention to detail brings the ancient world to life. From the descriptions of battles and military strategies to the vivid depictions of key cities such as Rome and Constantinople, the reader is transported back in time, experiencing the events alongside the prominent figures of the era. The author provides a wealth of information about the cultures, customs, and daily life of the Romans, making this book not only historically significant but also a captivating read.

One minor flaw of the book is a certain level of complexity that might challenge readers who are unfamiliar with the history of the Roman Empire. The extensive cast of characters and intricate political alliances can be overwhelming at times. However, this issue can be easily overcome with careful attention and some background knowledge or use of additional references.

In conclusion, The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of the Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens is an essential read for history enthusiasts and scholars alike. Marcellinus' masterful storytelling and meticulous attention to detail make this book a valuable resource for understanding the complexities of the Roman Empire during a pivotal period.

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Transcriber's Note

The punctuation and spelling from the original text have been faithfully preserved. Only obvious typographical errors have been corrected.

This text contains a several phrases in Greek, with English transliterations surrounded with markers like this: tês d' aretês.

THE ROMAN HISTORY OF AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS

DURING THE REIGNS OF

THE EMPERORS CONSTANTIUS, JULIAN, JOVIANUS, VALENTINIAN, AND VALENS.

TRANSLATED BY C.D. YONGE, M.A.

WITH A GENERAL INDEX

[Illustration]

LONDON G. BELL AND SONS, LTD 1911

[ Reprinted from Stereotype plates. ]

PREFACE.

Of Ammianus Marcellinus, the writer of the following History, we know very little more than what can be collected from that portion of it which remains to us. From that source we learn that he was a native of Antioch, and a soldier; being one of the prefectores domestici the body guard of the emperor, into which none but men of noble birth were admitted. He was on the staff of Ursicinus, whom he attended in several of his expeditions; and he bore a share in the campaigns which Julian made against the Persians. After that time he never mentions himself, and we are ignorant when he quitted the service and retired to Rome, in which city he composed his History... Continue reading book >>




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