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Et Ne Quid Coturni Terribilis Fabulae Relinquerent Intemptatum... (Amm. Marc. 28.6.29). Die Göttin Der Gerechtigkeit Und Der Comes Romanus

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Ammianus' staging of the Lepcis Magna affair gives an otherwise provincial issue a universal dimension, as well as the atmosphere of a tragedy. In the conflict between the magister equitum Theodosius and the comes Africae Romanus, Iustitia failed in her duty to watch over Rome. However, Ammianus rallies to her flag, and, just as in a theatre, raises the curtain on the political stage in order to unmask the circle of Theodosius' anonymous enemies. His historical construction, which contrasts the myth of the emperor Julian with that of the immortal and victorious general Theodosius, is intended to help forge a new common identity after the catastrophe of Adrianople. It also provides an insight into the mutual influence of politics and literature, with the result that Ammianus sheds his legendary reputation as the ‚lonely historian'.

Keywords: Romanus; Theodosius' anonymous enemies; Ammianus; Lepcis Magna affair; magister equitum; comes Africae



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