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Daan den Hengst

Abstract

The subject of this article is the way in which Grotius imitated his Roman model Tacitus in his own Annales. He does this by quotations and allusions, but also, more subtly, by adopting some of Tacitus stylistic peculiarities like brevitas, inconcinnitas and the insertion of sententiae. The imitation of Tacitus is most conspicuous in important sections of the Annales like the opening chapters and the introductions of the main characters. Tacitus is the prime model of Grotius, but not the only one, as is shown by borrowings from Sallust, Pliny the Younger and Vergil.

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Jan den Boeft, Jan Willem Drijvers, den Hengst and Teitler

Book 25 of Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae is the final part of the trilogy (books 23-25) on the emperor Julian's Persian expedition. Covering a period of eight months, from June 17, 363 to February 17, 364, it contains a series of momentous events: the death of Julian on June 26, the surprising appointment of the unexperienced Jovian as his successor, the dramatic and difficult return of the Roman army, the painful surrender of Roman territory around the upper course of the Tigris to the Persian king Sapor, and finally Jovian's sudden death. The contrast between Julian, who for all his shortcomings was a true leader of men, and Jovian, who lacked this stature and who failed to defend the integrity of the Roman Empire, gives the book the character of a diptych.
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J. den Boeft, D. den Hengst and H.C. Teitler

Historical and Philological Commentary on Book XX of Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae
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J. den Boeft, D. den Hengst and H.C. Teitler

Historical and Philological Commentary on Book XIX of Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae
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Edited by den Boeft, Jan Willem Drijvers, den Hengst and Hans Teitler