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Review of: Histoire Auguste 5,1 Vies d'Aurélien et de Tacite, ed. F. Paschoud, Paris 1996

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This is the third volume to appear in the Budé-edition of the Historia Augusta (HA). The Latin text and the translation are followed by extensive notes that amount to a running commentary on the text as a whole. The terminus post quem rests on excellent proof, whereas the arguments Ed. F. Paschoud (P.) puts forward for the terminus ante quem are less conclusive. According to P., the passage in the vita Aureliani 18.5-21.4 about the consultation of the Sibylline books cannot have been written after the destruction of the books by Stilicho. P'.s second argument is taken from Johne, who argued that not just Constantinople, but all the imperial residences of late antiquity are treated with condescension in the HA, in order to emphasize their inferiority in comparison with Rome. P. sums up his views about the sources of the last section of the HA, written by 'Vopiscus'.

Keywords: Ed. F. Paschoud (P.); Historia Augusta (HA)



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