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Ammianus Marcellinus


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  • For example, check Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae, 17.12.11, where three Sarmatian names are Latinized as Rumo 3rd decl.

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  • Contemporary sources so often refer to subgroups of Picts Ammianus Marcellinus in the post; Bede refers to northern and southern Picts that it seems clear that they weren't homogeneous.


  • Ammianus Marcellinus recognises two subdivisions, and there may well have been many more.

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  • If these refer to the same tribe as the Attacotti of Ammianus Marcellinus and St Jerome, this suggests that the Late Roman Army had recruited some troops from the rebellious British tribe and sent them off to serve elsewhere in the Empire.

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  • How about the broch-builders or their successors, living in what is now Caithness and the Northern and/or Western Isles, as a candidate for a culturally distinct tribe who in the 360s AD were called the Attacotti by Ammianus Marcellinus and St Jerome?

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  • Marriages entered into for a fixed period are found ... the ancient Arabs too, according to Ammianus Marcellinus, marriages were often contracted for a term of definite length, after which the wife might withdraw if she pleased.

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  • For they were a long time chosen by the people, as we may see by the sedition raised about the election between Damasus and Ursinus; which Ammianus Marcellinus saith was so great that Juventius the Praefect, unable to keep the peace between them, was forced to go out of the city; and that there were above a hundred men found dead upon that occasion in the church itself.


  • Ammianus Marcellinus saith, describing the sedition of Damasus and


  • Ammianus Marcellinus, lib. 24, reports that they marry one another, and fall in love if they grow in sight; and when the wind brings the smell to them, they are marvellously affected.

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  • 'We will rest content with offering to our readers the following portrayal, quoted from Ammianus Marcellinus, lib. xiv, chap. 6, and lib. xxviii, chap. 4. will not presume to attempt any translation after having read Gibbon's version of the combination of these two chapters.



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