By Alan J. Ross
reign of Julian.
Building on contemporary advancements within the software of literary methods and important theories to historic texts, Ammianus' presentation of Julian is evaluated by way of 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 rapid 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 way of numerous authors who had lived via his reign and were 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 can be complemented by way of a literary survey and a re-analysis of Ammianus' depiction of numerous key moments in Julian's reign, reminiscent of 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 latest of Julian, Ammianus wanted his paintings to be thought of a culminating and definitive account of the fellow and his life.
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