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This front matter section of the book Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXVI contains the table of contents, preface, introduction, a note on chronology, and legenda. Book 26 of the Res Gestae is the first of the hexad which deals with the rule of the Pannonian emperors Valentinian and Valens. A characteristic of the hexad is Ammianus' authorial presence. In the earlier books his presence was at times quite manifest, but as an eyewitness or a participant rather than as a historian. The first part of the book describes the start of the new reign. As was the case after Julian's death, the civil and military authorities were confronted with the sudden need to find a successor to Jovian, who had died unexpectedly on17 February 364. They unanimously chose Valentinian, whom they obviously regarded as a capable ruler.

Keywords: Ammianus Marcellinus XXVI; hexad; Julian; Pannonian emperors; Res Gestae; Valentinian



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