The Later Roman Empire: AD 354-378: (A.D. 354-378)

The Later Roman Empire: AD 354-378: (A.D. 354-378)

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Latin

By (author) Ammianus Marcellinus, Introduction by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Notes by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Edited by Walter Hamilton, Translated by Walter Hamilton

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Language: English / Latin
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140444068
  • ISBN 13: 9780140444063
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 54,801

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Ammianus Marcellinus was the last great Roman historian, and his writings rank alongside those of Livy and Tacitus. The Later Roman Empire chronicles a period of twenty-five years during Marcellinus' own lifetime, covering the reigns of Constantius, Julian, Jovian, Valentinian I, and Valens, and providing eyewitness accounts of significant military events including the Battle of Strasbourg and the Goth's Revolt. Portraying a time of rapid and dramatic change, Marcellinus describes an Empire exhausted by excessive taxation, corruption, the financial ruin of the middle classes and the progressive decline in the morale of the army. In this magisterial depiction of the closing decades of the Roman Empire, we can see the seeds of events that were to lead to the fall of the city, just twenty years after Marcellinus' death.

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Ammianus Marcellinus was the last great Roman historian, continuing the histories of Tacitus from AD 96 down to his own day. The first thirteen of his thirty-one books are lost: the remainder describe AD 354 - 378. Walter Hamilton translated Plato's Symposium, the Gorgias, Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII for Penguin Classics. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is Professor of Classics at Reading University. His books include Suetonius: the Scholar and his Caesars.

Table of contents

The Later Roman EmpirePreface Introduction Further Reading Family Tree of Constantine the Great Introductory Note The Later Roman Empire Book 14 Book 15 Book 16 Book 17 Book 18 Book 19 Book 20 Book 21 Book 22 Book 23 Book 24 Book 25 Book 26 Book 27 Book 28 Book 29 Book 30 Book 31 Notes on the Text Note on Officials and their Titles Notes on PersonsDates of Emperors Geographical key Maps General Map Monuments of Rome Map A: Gaul, Germany, and the Rhine Map B: The Danube, Italy and Thrace Map C: The East and Persia Map D: Asia Minor