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The Roman Empire of Ammianus

By John Matthews

The Roman Empire of Ammianus
Hardback, 608 pages £25.00
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9780979971327
Format: 234mm x 164mm
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Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History, Michigan Classical Press

John Matthews' brilliant analysis of Ammianus and his world is foundational for the study of the Roman Empire in the fourth century CE. Matthews' Ammianus is a man very much in touch with his times, engaged in many of the exciting events that he describes, and a commentator motivated by a passionate devotion to justice.

The empire that he depicts in The Roman Empire of Ammianus is undergoing a profoundly important intellectual transition as Christians and non-Christians dealt with each other in new ways, and a profoundly important political transition as Rome's ability to control its frontiers was severely challenged.

This new edition of the volume offers a new Introduction by the author, and corrections to the original text. In Matthews' brilliantly researched and compellingly written pages we encounter brigands, philosophers, bishops, barbarians and one of the most extraordinary figures in all of Roman history: the Emperor Julian, who occupies for Matthews - as he did for Ammianus - a central place in the history of these times.

Ammianus has been recognized for centuries as the last great historian of the Classical Latin tradition. It is thanks to Matthews that we can at last begin to appreciate the brilliance and complexity of the tapestry he wove with his words.


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PART ONE - Res Gestae

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Ammianus and his History

Chapter 3 - Ammianus and Constantius

Chapter 4 - North-East Frontier

Chapter 5 - The Young Ammianus: Social and Cultural Setting

Chapter 6 - The Rise of Julian

Chapter 7 - Julian and the Philosophers

Chapter 8 - The Invasion of Persia

Chapter 9 - Legitimacy and Usurpation: Jovian to Procopius

Chapter 10 - Valentinian and Valens: Sex, Magic and Treason

PART TWO - Visa vel Lecta

Chapter 11 - The Office of Emperor

Chapter 12 - The Character of Government

Chapter 13 - The Practice of War

Chapter 14 - Barbarians and Bandits

Chapter 15 - The Physical Environment: Town and Country

Chapter 16 - Social Relations

Chapter 17 - Religion and Philosophy

Chapter 18 - The Roman and the Greek




John Matthews is John M. Schiff Professor of History and Classics at Yale University. He has written extensively on later Roman history, and he received the American Historical Association's James Henry Breasted Prize for The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business, and Daily Life in the Roman East. His other works include Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court, AD 364-425; Political Life and Culture in Late Roman Society; Laying Down the Law: A Study of the Theodosian Code.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 608 pages
 234mm x 164mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS010000
 Michigan Classical Press


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