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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 21.1.7-14

Digression on divination. And being that, with a princeps educated and studious in all areas of knowledge, malevolent men impute as twisted the arts of foreknowing the future, let us briefly turn our attention upon how this may also add … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 16.10.1 to 16.10.17

Constantius visits Rome While these things were arranged in the east and in Gaul, in accord with the standard of the times, Constantius—as if the temple of Janus were closed, and all enemies prostrated—longed eagerly to see Rome, after the … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 31.12-13 and 31.16.9

31.12 During those same days, Valens, irritated for twin reason—because he learned that the Lentienses were overcome, and because Sebastianus thereafter, writing of the deeds, exaggerated by what he said—he broke camp from Melantiades, hastening so that, by some distinguished … Continue reading

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Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 31.4-6

31.4 And so, with the general Alavivus, they occupied the banks of the Danube, and by messages sent to Valens, they demanded with abject entreaty that they be received, and promising both that they would live peacefully, and that, if … Continue reading

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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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