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The Quarterly Review (1918)


The Quarterly Review (1918)

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    William Gifford
Excerpt from book: Art. 3.—THE LAST OF THE LATIN HISTORIANS. 1. Ammiani Marcellini Reruin Gestarum libros qui supersunt recensuit rhythmiceque distinxit Carolus U. Clark. Vol. I, libri xiv-xxv. Berlin : Weidmann, 1910. 2. Die verlorenen Biicher des Ammianus Marcellinun. By Hugo Michael. Breslau : Maruschke, 1880. 3. Ammien Marcellin, sa vie et son veuvre. By Jean Gimazane. Toulouse : Chauvin, 1889. 4. Die geschichtliche Litteratur iiber die Rtimische Kaiser- zeit. By H. Peter. Leipzig : Teubner, 1897. 5. The Text Traditions of Ammianus Marcellinus. By C. U. Clark. New Haven, 1904. 6. Ammien Marcellin. By L. Dautremer. Lille, 1899. 7. Studien zu Ammianus Marcellinus. By W. Klein. Leipzig : Weicher, 1914. A Stern and melancholy interest, hardly to be matched in any other epoch, attaches to the records of the Roman Empire in the fourth century of our era. The old world was passing away in storm and agony, its frontiers assailed, its creeds challenged and perplexed, its social tissue suffering a slow and steady process of degeneration, which the political science of that time might note but was impotent to analyse or to cure. It was an age of bitter factions, when the demise of an emperor gave the signal for turmoil, intrigue or civil war: when, even within the Christian circle, sect contended with sect in savage and unrelenting animosity, and great political interests were often sacrificed to the vile machinations of the palace. And meanwhile the Empire was assaulted on all sides, by the Persians in Mesopotamia, by the Goths in Thrace, by the Germans on the Gaulish frontier —a contest waged with varying fortunes and exhibiting abundant proof that the legions of Rome had lost neither the discipline nor the coolness of their ancient renown, but nevertheless revealing to the unders...  
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