The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378)

The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378)

Ammianus Marcellinus

A Roman historian chronicles Rome on the point of collapse

Ammianus Marcellinus used to be the final nice Roman historian, and his writings rank along these of Livy and Tacitus. The Later Roman Empire chronicles a interval of twenty-five years in the course of Marcellinus' personal lifetime, protecting the reigns of Constantius, Julian, Jovian, Valentinian I, and Valens, and offering eyewitness money owed of important army occasions together with the conflict of Strasbourg and the Goth's insurrection. Portraying a time of swift and dramatic switch, Marcellinus describes an Empire exhausted by way of over the top taxation, corruption, the bankruptcy of the center periods and the revolutionary decline within the morale of the military. during this magisterial depiction of the remaining many years of the Roman Empire, we will be able to see the seeds of occasions that have been to steer to the autumn of the town, simply two decades after Marcellinus' death.

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