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The Scientific Digressions In Ammianus' Res Gestae

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In his treatise de cometis, Seneca takes the historian Ephorus to task for providing unreliable information about comets. The attention that has been given to the different types of digression is uneven. Several studies have been devoted to the geographical digressions and to the chapters on Rome and the Romans. It is highly probable that Ammianus himself attached great value to his digressions or excessus, as he calls them. This is suggested both by the exceptional care with which they have been written, and by their extent in proportion to the whole of the Res gestae. First the phenomenon is described as it has presented itself in a given historical situation. Given the vagueness of most of his digressions, it is highly unlikely that he gained his information from technical works by specialists such as the astronomer Ptolemy, or the mathematicians Meton, Euctemon, Hipparchus and Archimedes.

Keywords: Ammianus; geographical digressions; Res Gestæ; Seneca



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