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Posted January 19, 2008
Ammianus Marcellinus is considered by many to be the last great Roman Historian. The vivid details he provides allows us to view and better understand the Roman Empire during late antiquity. The 4th century, which his histories cover, shine a bright light on the short but highly interesting reign of the Roman Emperor Julian, nephew of Constantine the Great and given the epithet of 'The Apostate' by the Christian Church for his move to belief in pagan worship. Though a pagan himself and an admirer of Julian, Ammianus often balances his praises with criticism and his often eyewitness reports give the reader a true sense of authenticity. Chronicling Julian's attempt to 'turn back the clock', his treatment of the final struggle between paganism and that of Christianity is also very fair-minded. Originally written to continue the histories of Tacitus which ended with the reign of Roman Emperor Domitian, Ammianus' work deserves every comparison with the great author he worked to emulate and complement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2000
Ammianus was a pagan Greek general who had a tolernace for the Christians ina time when paganism was threatened to be snuffed out by the Church. He was an admirer of Julian, the last Pagan emperor of Rome and whom was a military disaster. If you like to read about war in the ancient world, here is your book. Ammianus also documents the Huns who he portrays as savage horseman.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2009
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