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EPUB Ä MOBI Rerum gestarum libri XXXI ô 9780140444063 FREE ☆ AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS ✓ He was not a professional man of letters but an army officer of Greek origin born at Antioch and contemporary with the events described in what remains of his work He set himself the task oE was a pagan and an admirer of the apostate Julian to whose career about half the surviving books are devoted Nevertheless his treatment of Christianity is free from prejudice and his impartiality and good judgement have been generally acknowledg In general I enjoyed this book It is a primary source dealing with my favorite time period Late Antiuity and the early middle ages However the choices that EditorTranslator Walter Hamilton made in assembling this volume were extremely aggravating and frustrating This volume is an abridgment of what remains of Ammanius's full work Let that sink in for a minute This is an abridgment of a work which is already incomplete To made this worse Hamilton chose to effectively omit virtually ALL of the material dealing with the non Roman groups So that by the time you get to the battle of Adrianople the bulk of the material fleshing out the background of the Goth's and Huns the construction of the Limes on the Rhine and Danube the incursions by the Franks and Saxons into Gaul and Britain have all effectively been skipped and replaced with 1 2 sentence long summaries Considering what this volume cost and considering it bears the lofty name of Penguin Classics I find it inexcusable for such a substantial portion of material to be missing Penguin similarly did this with their edition of the Prose Edda leaving out a full 13rd of it Ammanius's prose and eye for details are well worth the read but if you're looking for a comprehensive and complete publication of his Works it's best to get the Public Domain one that is freely available online rather than spend the money on this abridgment

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He was not a professional man of letters but an army officer of Greek origin born at Antioch and contemporary with the events described in what remains of his work He set himself the task of continuing the histories of Tacitus from AD 96 down to h This is a great book that begins about 20 years after the death of Constantine the Great in 337 AD and describes the tribulations of his children Now Ammianus is not Tacitus or Livy in terms of writing style but he had an advantage over many of these ancient historians; namely he lived and participated ie was an eye witness to most of the events he describesThe only unfortunate part about this book is that the editor deemed necessary to omit a large number of sections from the original manuscript Although these sections may appear at a superficial glance trivial from a historical perspective like Ammianus' opinions of what causes earthuakes to me these kind of passages have greater value than descriptions of battles One can find description of battles or other main events in any contemporary summary of history But it is only by reading these ancient texts that we find out how people thought how they spoke their habits and culture And sometimes it is the off the cuff remark that reveals some surprising facts For example in describing Julian's campaign against the Persians he mentions of a town that was deserted by its Jewish inhabitants because of its low walls This town was close to today's Basrah in southern Ira close to the beginning or end of the Persian Gulf To me this was unexpected as I never thought that Jewish people lived in their own towns so far away from Jerusalem

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Rerum gestarum libri XXXIIs own day The first thirteen of his thirty one books are lost; the remainder describe a period of only twenty five years AD 354 378 and the reigns of the emperors Constantis Julian Jovian Valentinian and Valens for which he is a prime authority H The greatest of the Roman historians This dude describes some stuff that's absolutely insane and Roman history literally jumps off the pages Ammianus Marcellinus is awesome