Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus by J. den Boeft, J.W. Drijvers, D. den Hengst , H.C. Teitler

By J. den Boeft, J.W. Drijvers, D. den Hengst , H.C. Teitler

E-book 27 offers with occasions among 365 and 370. army operations within the western and jap half the Empire take in a wide a part of the on hand area. except army concerns Ammianus bargains with inner affairs. He discusses the phrases of place of work of 4 Roman city prefects and paints an image of Petronius Probus, the mightiest civil reliable of the interval. the main awesome a part of the e-book encompasses a portrait of the emperor Valentinian. This passage varieties the centre of the e-book, which for this reason has the constitution of a triptych: of the 2 outer elements every one comprises army affairs within the West and the East and stories on a few impressive non-military occasions, when within the relevant panel Valentinian takes delight of position.

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9 fortunatum. A great leader not only has excellent personal qualities, he is also protected by heaven. In the present text the two forces are the Agens of Iovinus’ success, which implies that the editorial decision to use capitals is plausible. militem ducens diligenti speculatione praemissa in tertium cuneum, qui restabat Iovinus’ success against the Alamanni was a combination of well equipped and carefully prepared troops (instructus paratusque cautissime, § 1), swift action to surprise the enemy (inopinus, § 1; maturato itinere, § 4), and adequate scouting (speculatione didicit fida, § 2).

A. Marié, Ammien Marcellin, Histoire V (Livres XXVI–XXVIII ), Paris 1984. F. Matthews, The Roman Empire of Ammianus, London 1989 (reprint Ann Arbor 2008). F. Paschoud, Zosime, Histoire Nouvelle, II2 (Livre IV), Paris 1979. G. Sabbah, La méthode d’Ammien Marcellin. Recherches sur la construction du discours historique dans les Res Gestae, Paris 1978. legenda Seager Szantyr Talbert Thompson Wagner-Erfurdt xxxi R. Seager, Ammianus Marcellinus. Seven studies in his Language and Thought, Columbia 1986.

5 to describe the escape of king Pap from Tarsus: egressus cuneatim properabat intrepidus. 8). Amm. 2 inquietorum hominum. Barbarian invaders of Roman territory often split up in smaller groups to be able to cover a wider area and to find supplies. This dispersal on the one hand made them less organised and therefore vulnerable to their Roman enemy, on the other hand it made them elusive and difficult to defeat; Elton, 1996, 76. ’s text it appears that the Alamannic forces which invaded Roman territory were divided into at least three units.

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