The Ammianus Marcellinus Electronic Project
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If one bears these arguments in mind, Ammianus’ digressions can be taken primarily as literary subnarratives—just as his main historical narrative is a literary account. It would be wrong to judge the Res Gestae to modern historical standards. Likewise, studying the digressions should aim for their true value: rendering an image of ancient scientific knowledge.


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