Ammianus Marcellinus' future signs: A historiographical study

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Hanaghan, Michael P.. (2019). Ammianus Marcellinus' future signs: A historiographical study. Historia: Zeitschrift fuer Alte Geschichte. 68(2), pp. 233 - 255. https://doi.org/10.25162/historia-2019-0014
AuthorsHanaghan, Michael P.
Abstract

Predicting the future is contentious. In the fourth century competing claimants tried to define who could consult the signs and interpret them. Ammianus' use of future signs in his history, especially in the Julianic books, responds to this contemporary debate. His Julian interprets them correctly in his struggles with Constantius II but then fails to do so during his disastrous Persian campaign. Future signs continue to feature in the narrative after Julian's death. This article argues that Ammianus' abundant use of future signs is a distinct feature of his work that should be read in a late fourth century context.

KeywordsAmmianus Marcellinus; Constantius II; historiography; Julian; Late Antiquity
Year2019
JournalHistoria: Zeitschrift fuer Alte Geschichte
Journal citation68 (2), pp. 233 - 255
PublisherFranz Steiner Verlag GmbH
ISSN0018-2311
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.25162/historia-2019-0014
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85065582844
Page range233 - 255
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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Place of publicationErfurt, Germany
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