Landmark Ammianus Marcellinus

Project: Research project

Project Details


Work on a critical edition and English translation of the 4th-century Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus and a companion website that will be freely accessible. (36 months) The Landmark Ammianus Project will produce the first faithful translation of the neglected fourth-century historian Ammianus Marcellinus into modern English, with a full interpretative apparatus for both scholars and the general reader, and a companion website that offers freely available teaching modules on the history of Ammianus' era. Ammianus remains little known and inaccessible to non-specialists because he has been poorly served by translators and editors' but his work is the most wide-ranging and ambitious Latin history to survive from Antiquity. It is also unique: a high-ranking army officer, Ammianus incorporates his own adventures in his narrative. He was a native Greek speaker who wrote in complicated Latin, and his manuscript transmission is both tenuous and corrupt. Our version will be based on the standard critical edition and significant new research into the text. It will render usable the work of the last great historian of antiquity.
Effective start/end date10/1/149/30/19


  • National Endowment for the Humanities: $163,178.00


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