n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Constantius and the sieges of Amida and Nisibis : Ammianus' relationship with Julian's Panegyrics
|Article Title||Constantius and the sieges of Amida and Nisibis : Ammianus' relationship with Julian's Panegyrics|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||127 - 154|
Although the emperor Julian appears as the dominant character within the extant portion of Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae, Ammianus' relationship with Julian's writings has rarely been investigated. This article argues that Ammianus models aspects of his description of the siege of Amida in 359 upon the narrative of the siege of Nisibis in 350 in Julian's two panegyrics to Constantius. Ammianus' intertextuality with Julian is designed to provide a subtle denigration of Constantius by offering a corrective reading of Constantius' most notable military triumph against the Persian king Sapor.
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