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This is the introductory chapter of this book Ammianus after Julian, which covers three categories: History and Historiography; Literary Composition; and Crisis of Empire. The Dutch project to write commentaries on the eighteen preserved books of Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae reached a high point with the appearance of the commentary on book 25 in the spring of 2005. The last hexad of the Res Gestae deals with the reign of the Pannonian emperors, Valentinian and Valens, and covers a period of fourteen years, more than five times longer than the second hexad. The book studies the relevant evidence in late Greek and Byzantine authors and compares the tradition which is manifest in their works with the text of Ammianus. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized.

Keywords: Ammianus Marcellinus; Pannonian emperors; Res Gestae

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