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Vir Heroicis Connumerandus Ingeniis. Ammianus' Final Verdict On The Emperor Julian

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With the charming title 'Clio's kaleidoscope', Piet Schrijvers asks the following question: 'Considering that modern historiography about a recent and relatively well documented affair has led to vastly divergent views, how great must be our amazed admiration for a Latinist, who in his commentary on a classical historian tries to unravel images of images. This chapter presents an account of Ammianus' final verdict on Julian. There are five cases where Ammianus writes a necrology after having reported the death of an emperor. The most extensive are those of Constantius, Julian's enemy and predecessor, of Julian himself and of Valentinian. Julian's necrology is unique because the emperor's good qualities are classified according to the four cardinal virtues, in the following order: temperantia - prudentia - iustitia - fortitudo.

Keywords: Ammianus; Emperor Julian; fortitudo; iustitia; Piet Schrijvers; prudentia; temperantia



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