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Title: Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian
Author: Kelly, Gavin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521203593
Volumes: 1; Pages: 390
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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 A.D., 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 re-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.ContentsIntroductionPart I. The Elusive Historian: 1. The bones on the battlefield2. The adventures of Ammianus3. The limits of biographyPart II. The Allusive Historian: 4. Ammianus? intertextuality5. Sources6. The exemplary historian7. Julian's monument; Epilogue.