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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 26.10.15-19 ; 31.1-2

26.10.15-19 While that usurper thus far survived, whose multiple acts we have shown, and his death, on the twelfth day before the kalends of August, when Valentinianus was consul for the first time, with his brother, great fears of trembling … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 22.10-13

22.10 Wintering there, in accordance with his liking, he submitted in the meantime to no desires or attractions in which all Syria abounds, but through the appearance of repose, intent upon cases judicial, no less than the arduous and bellicose, … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 25.3

When we departed from there, the Persians, since–frequently cast down–they feared pitched battles of infantry, thus with one ambush arranged after another, they secretly followed after, travelling on both sides to reconnoitre our companies from lofty mountains, so that the soldiery, … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 25.2

After this, with three days resolved for an armistice, while everyone tended to his own wounds or of those nearby, a fast—already unendurable—tortured us, destitute of supplies; and on that account, since the harvests and foodstuffs had been burned, men came … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 25.1

In general, my translations are filthy literal. I’m not translating Latin idioms into graceful English, partly because I often don’t recognize the idioms when I see them (but not always–I’m well aware that, “the boundaries of the light,” for example, would … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 14.6

Meanwhile, Orfitus ruled the eternal city with the power of prefect, exalting himself immoderately beyond the measure of the office conferred upon him, a man—it is true—of foresight, and exceedingly skilled in forensic affairs, but in the splendor of a … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 16.8 to 16.9

16.8 Accusations and chicanery in the camps of Constantius Augustus, and the greed of courtiers Once Marcellus was overcome, as I have related, and he returned to Serdica whence he arose, in the camps of Augustus, via the sham of … Continue reading

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