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By Alan J. Ross

Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae holds a well-liked place in sleek reviews of the emperor Julian because the fullest extant narrative of the reign of the final 'pagan' emperor. Ammianus' Julian: Narrative and style within the Res Gestae bargains an important reinterpretation of the paintings, that is one of many major narrative resources for the political historical past of the later Roman Empire, and argues for a re-assessment of Ammianus' time table and techniques in narrating the
reign of Julian.

Building on contemporary advancements within the program of literary ways and significant theories to old texts, Ammianus' presentation of Julian is evaluated via contemplating the Res Gestae inside 3 interrelated contexts: as a piece of Latin historiography, which consciously units itself inside a classical and classicizing typical culture; in a extra rapid literary and political context, because the ultimate contribution by way of a member of an 'eyewitness' iteration to 1 / 4 century
of excessive debate over Julian's legacy via numerous authors who had lived via his reign and were in various levels of proximity to Julian himself; and as a story textual content, during which narratorial authority is heavily linked to the character of the narrator, either as an exterior narrating agent and an
occasional player within the occasions he relates. this is often complemented by way of a literary survey and a re-analysis of Ammianus' depiction of numerous key moments in Julian's reign, comparable to his appointment as Caesar, the conflict of Strasbourg in 357AD, his acclamation as Augustus, and the disastrous invasion of Persia in 363AD. It means that the Res Gestae offers a Latin-speaking, western viewers with an idiosyncratic and 'Romanized' depiction of the philhellene emperor and that,
consciously exploiting his place as a Greek writing in Latin and as a modern of Julian, Ammianus wanted his paintings to be thought of a culminating and definitive account of the fellow and his life.

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