Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian by Gavin KellyAmmianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian by Gavin Kelly

Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian

byGavin Kelly

Paperback | April 28, 2011

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Ammianus Marcellinus is usually regarded as our most important source for the history of the second half of the fourth century AD, while his literary qualities are neglected. This book demonstrates what a subtle and manipulative writer Ammianus is; attention is paid particularly to his rich and variegated intertextuality with earlier classical literature and history. Questioning the prevailing interest in the historian's life as the key to his work, Dr Kelly evaluates the historiographical function of the vivid and thrilling autobiographical passages. The range of Ammianus' allusions is surveyed, including his use of classical examples, his relationship with historical source-texts and the workings of internal echoes within the history. His interactions with other texts are seen as carefully controlled and meaningful; and both his allusive techniques and writing in general, it is argued, are better viewed as reflecting a classical, rather than a late antique, aesthetic.
Title:Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive HistorianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:April 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521203597

ISBN - 13:9780521203593

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Elusive Historian: 1. The bones on the battlefield; 2. The adventures of Ammianus; 3. The limits of biography; Part II. The Allusive Historian: 4. Ammianus' intertextuality; 5. Sources; 6. The exemplary historian; 7. Julian's monument; Epilogue.

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"...this book is a stimulating work of pure scholarship that modern scholars will wrestle with for some time. It joins the works of Matthews and Barnes as a major Anglophone contribution on the Res gestae of Ammianus." --Journal of Late Antiquity