Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Ammianus and some tribuni scholarum palatinarum c. A.D. 53–364

  • David Woods (a1)

The Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus is a major source of our knowledge of the late Roman army. However, although himself a former army officer, it was not the intention of Ammianus to explain the institutions and organization of the late Roman army to his readers. We learn about these only from the incidental pieces of information which are scattered throughout his text. It was not his intention either to present us with the regimental histories of any individual units, yet repeated references to the more prominent and prestigious units were inevitable in a history such as his. This was particularly true in the case of the scholae palatinae because of their role as the bodyguard units of the emperors. It is my intention here to draw together such information as Ammianus provides about the scholae in order to demonstrate how, in a number of cases in particular, it is possible to reconstruct an almost complete list of their commanders for the period c. 353–364

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

also, J. C. Mann , ‘The Notitia Dignitatum–Dating and Survival’, Britannia 22 (1991), 215219.

See D. Woods , ‘The Martyrdom of the Priest Basil of Ancyra’, Vigiliae Christianae 46 (1992), 3139

H. C. Teitler , ‘History and Hagiography: the Passio of Basil of Ancyra as a Historical Source’, Vigiliae Christianae 50 (1996), 7380.I will only say here that we should not require of the author or editor of the surviving passio standards any difFerent to those of the surviving historians of late antiquity. Fictitious speeches or miracles no more invitiate the passio of Basil than do the speeches and omens the Res Gestae of Ammianus.

See B. H. Warmington , ‘The Career of Romanus, Comes Africae’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 49 (1956), 5564, esp. 63.

see D. Woods , ‘A Note Concerning the Early Career of Valentinian I’, Ancient Society 26 (1995), 273288.

P Peeters , ‘La date de la fete des saints Juventin et Maximin’, Analecta Bollandiana 42 (1924), 7782.

See D. Woods , ‘The Fate of the Magister Equitum Marcellus’, CQ 45 (1995), 266268.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The Classical Quarterly
  • ISSN: 0009-8388
  • EISSN: 1471-6844
  • URL: /core/journals/classical-quarterly
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 7 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 27 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 27th May 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.