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Literary Aspects Of Ammianus' Second Digression On Rome

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Ammianus writes more frequently and at greater length about Rome than in books 15-25, where Julian, as Caesar and Augustus, is the centre of attention. In this article, The author will discuss some aspects of the second digression from a literary perspective, both internally as regards its place within the Res gestae and externally with regard to the genre of writing, its possible models and the literary context of Ammianus' own time. Apart from the Roman digressions in 14.6 and 28.4 there must have been at least one digression on Rome in the lost books, as is evident from Ammianus' statement in 28.4.6: et primo nobilitatis, ut aliquotiens pro locorum copia fecimus, dein plebis digeremus errata. Ammianus also wrote more than one digression on the Saracens and on Egypt. For a catchword survey of the contents of the two preserved digressions the reader is referred to the Appendix.

Keywords: ammianus; DIGRESSION; egypt; LITERARY ASPECTS; roman digressions; Rome; saracens



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