Ammianus Marcellinus: Res gestae
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A. Life

Other than one letter of Libanius (Ep. 1063 Förster), all testimony regarding the life of Ammianus comes from his own works. In the final section of the Res gestae (‘[Roman] History’), he reveals that he comes from the eastern part of the Roman Empire (probably Antioch, to judge by his detailed descriptions of the city), and that he has pursued a military career (31,16,9). Serving under the commander Ursicinus as protector domesticus in AD …

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Raschle, Christian, “Ammianus Marcellinus: Res gestae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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