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Herodian

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The handling of time in Herodian’s History is quite remarkable in many respects. This holds true already for the peculiar choice of the scope of time and for resuming the interrupted tradition of contemporary history. As for the chronological order, the annalistic scheme is given up completely. Not a single date is given in absolute terms. History is structured by the succession of reigns, whose durations are always noted, which provides a frame of relative chronology. References to eponymous magistrates seem to have become obsolete since everything is determined by the emperors. On the whole, the picture is created of a period of troubled times, dominated by the changing dynamics of imperial power. The restlessness of the period is depicted, as it were, in a narrative that hurries through peace and dwells on conspiracies, wars and emperors winning and losing the precarious position at the head of the empire.

Keywords: Herodian; History of the Empire after Marcus

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