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Chapter Summary

Ammianus opens with a programmatic statement, marking a new departure, in which Julian as Caesar and Augustus dominated the narrative. His opening statement has been interpreted by a majority of scholars as evidence that the historian had intended to end his work with the death of Julian and the end of the Persian expedition. The death of Julian meant the disappearance from the scene of Ammianus' central character. There is no doubt that recording the achievements of Julian as Caesar and Augustus was Ammianus' main objective in writing his Res Gestae. Julian's death also marked the end of the Constantinian dynasty.

Keywords: Ammianus; Augustus; Julian Caesar; Res Gestae



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