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This chapter offers a series of contextualisations of the codex Bamberg Hist. 3 (B), with special regard to its paraphrased version of the Historia Romana. The traditional ideas of "Author" and "Work" as fixed unities have long determined the focus of research on medieval historiography. For example, in the Monumenta Germaniae Historica-editions, the parts depending on older sources were usually either printed in smaller font or omitted altogether. However, confronted with the problem of understanding and explaining medieval historiography, scholars are increasingly becoming aware of the problems associated with judging historical works according to modern conceptions. The Historia Romana (HR) was the most popular Roman history in the Middle Ages. The composition of the HR starts as early as Late Antiquity with Eutropius, the secretary or magister memoriae of the Emperor Valens.

Keywords: codex Bamberg Hist. 3 (B); Eutropius; Historia Romana (HR); magister memoriae; Monumenta Germaniae Historica



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