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Description - Ammianus Marcellinus by Gavin Kelly

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521842990
ISBN-10: 0521842999
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 30mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gavin Kelly

GAVIN KELLY is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh. A specialist in the literature and political history of the Roman Empire, he has published articles in leading journals on the historical work of Ammianus Marcellinus.

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