Ammianus Marcellinus (4th century CE) was a Roman soldier, historian and author of
Res Gestae, a major historical work on the history of Rome from the period of Emperor Nerva (96 CE) to the death of Emperor Valens (378 CE).
Res Gestae originally consisted of thirty-one books, although the first thirteen books have been lost. The surviving eighteen books (books 14-31) cover the period from 353 to 378.
After the diligent work of P. de Jonge, who wrote commentaries on books 14-18 from the 1930s till the 1980s, J. den Boeft, D. den Hengst, H.C. Teitler and, starting 1991, J.W. Drijvers have steadily worked on the commentaries to the remaining books 19-31 of
Res Gestae. Their collaborative work has received much praise in the international scholarly world, and has been completed in 2018. Ammianus Marcellinus Online includes the commentaries to books 14-31 of
Res Gestae as well as two full text editions in Latin on which the commentaries are based (Clark, 1910 and Seyfarth, 1978).
Ammianus Marcellinus Online is the digital version of the standard and the only complete commentary on
Res Gestae. It is of great importance to scholars in Roman history, Latin philology, military history and historiography in general.
Features and benefits
The only complete historical and philological commentary on Ammianus
Access to all available commentaries (books 14-31)
Includes two complete text editions (Clark, 1910 and Seyfarth, 1978)
Runs on new and bespoke platform for text editions: Brill Scholarly Editions
Languages: Latin, Greek, German, English
Review "A monumental work of scholarship that no historian of the late fourth century can afford to ignore. [...] One could hardly expect more of any commentary." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.09.50
Authors: P.J. de Jonge (books 14-18), J. den Boeft, D. den Hengst, H.C. Teitler and J.W. Drijvers (books 19-31).
"Produced without fanfare or the support of large grants, and occupying the three original contributors long into retirement, this commentary is a model of learning and insight, and of selfless, collaborative scholarship, which will help Ammianus’ readers for centuries to come."
Gavin Kelly in Journal of Roman Studies (volume 108, November 2018)
On the final volume:
"Not only does it provide instant access to a huge range of modern scholarship on these topics from across all of the major European languages, but it sometimes adds its own new insights also. One could hardly expect more of any commentary, so that it brings one of the great projects in the study of Late Antiquity to a fitting end."
David Woods in BMCR 2018.09.50