By J. den Boeft, J.W. Drijvers, D. den Hengst, H.C. Teitler
Publication 25 of Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae is the ultimate a part of the trilogy (books 23-25) at the emperor Julian's Persian day trip. overlaying a interval of 8 months, from June 17, 363 to February 17, 364, it features a sequence of momentous occasions: the demise of Julian on June 26, the outstanding appointment of the unexperienced Jovian as his successor, the dramatic and tough go back of the Roman military, the painful quit of Roman territory round the top process the Tigris to the Persian king Sapor, and eventually Jovian's unexpected dying. The distinction among Julian, who for all his shortcomings was once a real chief of guys, and Jovian, who lacked this stature and who didn't safeguard the integrity of the Roman Empire, supplies the publication the nature of a diptych. Readership: students drawn to the highbrow, army and political historical past of the fourth century CE, in addition to these drawn to philology within the widest experience of the be aware and in Latin linguistics.