The Historians of Late Antiquity

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Routledge, Apr 15, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 332 pages
The fourth and fifth centuries AD were an era of religious conflict, political change and military conflict. The responses of contemporary historians to these turbulent times reflect their diverse backgrounds - Christian and pagan, writing in both Greek and Latin, documenting church and state.
This volume is the first to offer an accessible survey of the lives and works of these varied figures. The first half of the book explores the structure, style, purpose and nature of their writings. The second half compares and contrasts the information the historians provide, and the views they express on some central topics. These range from historiography, government and religion to barbarian invasions, and the controversial emperors Julian 'The Apostate' and Theodosius.

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Ammianus Marcellinus
14
2 Aurelius Victor
42
3 Eutropius
49
4 Festus
57
5 Eunapius
64
6 Olympiodorus
73
7 Priscus
82
12 Orosius
135
13 Historiography
150
14 Government
163
15 The Roman Past
179
16 Religion
188
17 Barbarians
207
18 The Emperor Julian The Apostate
237
19 The Emperor Theodosius I The Great
274

8 Rufinus
93
9 Socrates
108
10 Sozomen
117
11 Theodoret
126
Bibliography
289
Index
307
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