n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Ammianus and Eutherius

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Ammianus Marcellinus digresses at length on the career and character of the eunuch Eutherius, and such is his praise of Eutherius that it is generally agreed that he must have used him as one of his sources. A comparison of Ammianus' account of an alleged plot to assassinate Julian shortly after his revolt at Paris in 360 to Libanius' account of the same reveals that Eutherius has concealed his involvement in this plot. Furthermore, he has misrepresented his expulsion from Julian's domain back to the court of Constantius II as a result of this plot as a diplomatic mission. He remained in disgrace under Julian, but was restored to office when Jovian recalled many former officials under Constantius to court once more. His reputation as Julian's faithful is undeserved.

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