The Ammianus Marcellinus Electronic Project
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The traditional view that Ammianus was associated with the Roman élite (Ensslin 1922-23) and especially that he was a protégé of Symmachus and his circle (Thompson 1947) was rightly challenged by Cameron (1964).

Ammianus probably completed his Res Gestae in the early 390s. In Book 22 he mentions the great temple of Alexandria, the Serapeum, comparing its beauty with the Capitol. Had he known about the destruction of this temple by gangs of monks in the summer of 391, he would most probably have mentioned it. Yet he mentions the death of the senator Petronius Probus in 390. So his Res Gestae must have been completed between 390 and 392, since the news about the Serapeum would have reached Rome at the latest in 392. With the ending of his work our knowledge of Ammianus Marcellinus also ends.

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