Introduction -- By Jan Willem
This is the history of events from the reign
of the emperor Nerva to the death of Valens, which I, a former soldier
and a Greek (miles quondam et Graecus), have composed to the best
of my ability. It claims to be the truth, which I have never ventured
to pervert either by silence or a lie. (Amm. Marc. 31.16.9)
This site introduces Ammianus and his work by means of a biography, short essays on important persons in and aspects of his work, a bibliography of important and recent publications.
The site is under permanent construction. Suggestions
for improvement, additions to the bibliography and short essays are very
welcome. Please contact Jan Willem Drijvers (firstname.lastname@example.org).