AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS AND HIS CHRONICLES
Ammianus Marcellinus is considered the last great major Roman historian. Born of a Greek family, he served as a soldier in Gaul and Persia. Living later in Rome, he wrote the Rerum gestarum libri (The Chronicles of Events), a history of the Roman Empire, from the principate of Nerva (96 – 98 AD) to the death of Valens (emperor from 364 to 378). He began where the Roman historian Tacitus ends his “Histories”. Unfortunately the first 13 chapters of Ammianus’ book were lost but the surviving 18 are of paramount importance in charting the events that took place in the years 354–378, when the Roman Empire was about to collapse.
Students are asked to bring a copy of the book below:
The Later Roman Empire: (AD 354-378) (Classics) Paperback – 29 May 1986 by Ammianus Marcellinus (Author), Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Editor, Introduction)
Course Code: 03 206 Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00 Starts 21 January – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35
WHAT DID THE ROMANS EVER DO FOR US?
Imperial confrontations in northern Europe
These five classes examine the course and development of Roman attempts to pacify northern Europe, focusing on their relations with the Gauls, Germans and Caledonians.
Course Code: 03 220 Thursday 2.00 – 4.00 Starts 30 January – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35
See also: Passages from Dundee’s History