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By Alan J. Ross

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Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae holds a well known place in glossy stories 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 deals a tremendous reinterpretation of the paintings, that's one of many major narrative resources for the political background of the later Roman Empire, and argues for a re-assessment of Ammianus' schedule and techniques in narrating the
reign of Julian.

Building on contemporary advancements within the program of literary ways and demanding theories to historic texts, Ammianus' presentation of Julian is evaluated through contemplating the Res Gestae inside of 3 interrelated contexts: as a piece of Latin historiography, which consciously units itself inside of a classical and classicizing accepted culture; in a extra instant literary and political context, because the ultimate contribution by means of a member of an 'eyewitness' iteration to 1 / 4 century
of excessive debate over Julian's legacy by means of a number of authors who had lived via his reign and have been in various levels of proximity to Julian himself; and as a story textual content, during which narratorial authority is heavily linked to the personality of the narrator, either as an exterior narrating agent and an
occasional player within the occasions he relates. this is often complemented through a literary survey and a re-analysis of Ammianus' depiction of a number of key moments in Julian's reign, resembling 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 provides 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 needed his paintings to be thought of a culminating and definitive account of the fellow and his life.

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