By Geoff W. Adams

This ebook examines the biography of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It seeks to extra comprehend the writer of the Historia Augusta along the recollections of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Geoff W. Adams arrives at this figuring out via a learn of quite a lot of literary texts. Marcus Aurelius used to be a vital ruler of the Roman Empire, who has had an impression symbolically, philosophically, and traditionally upon how the Roman Empire has been estimated. Adams achieves this finish to carry a clearer realizing to his illustration and to fashionable interpretations of his hugely interpreted and romanticized representations within the historic texts.

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8–20. 1, that is underscored by means of the final thematic consistency within the real Vita Marci and the variations in emphasis among it and the interpolation. The courting of the Interpolation and its importance The interval within which the interpolation used to be written will be principally deduced through its ultimate passage: [19. 12] deusque etiam nunc habetur, ut vobis ipsis, sacratissime imperator Diocletiane, et semper visum est et videtur, qui eum inter numina vestra non ut ceteros sed specialiter veneramini ac semper dicitis, vos vita et clementia stories esse cupere qualis fuit Marcus, etiamsi philosophia nec Plato esse possit, si revertatur in vitam. et quidem haec breviter et congeste (“Even now he's considered as a god, as has regularly appeared or even now turns out correct to you, such a lot respected Emperor Diocletian, who worship him between your deities [not as you do the others, yet in a selected way], and who usually say that you simply wish, in lifestyles and moderation, to be such somebody as Marcus, even if in philosophy no longer even Plato [were he again to lifestyles] may well epitomize him. certainly, those concerns were stated in short and concisely. ”). This direct connection with Diocletian can make a definitive assertion in regards to the interval within which the interpolation used to be composed, specifically among advert 284 and 305. sixty two Assuming that this assertion is accurate,63 this may suggest that the interpolation predated the HA via approximately a century, on account that it really is most probably that the Historia Augusta was once composed round advert 395. sixty four it's also very important to notice the impression that the interpolation can have had on Eutropius, whose writings carry many 162 bankruptcy three similarities in subject and constitution. sixty five Eutropius had written the Breviarium Ab Urbe Condita by way of advert 370,66 which might recommend that due to their similarities, the interpolation was once no longer an unknown textual content at this level. there are many similarities among Sections 15 and 19 and the works of Aurelius Victor and Eutropius specifically, which ends up in the query of which textual content used to be used as a resource for an additional. The Diocletian reference in part 19. 12 is tempting to keep on with, yet this can be in no way a simple task, due to the life of different statements addressing him within the HA. sixty seven As Syme exhibits, in the “main” Vitae, those take place in “difficult” passages,68 yet this is often the inherent hassle of the HA usually. it may even be famous that the particular writer of interpolation is totally unknown, most likely representing one other ignotus. sixty nine Judging from the succinct nature of the textual content and the interval within which the writer used to be writing, it's almost definitely that they'd have used the scholarship of Marius Maximus for the composition of the text,70 which might additionally clarify the reference in part 15. 1–2 to a different biography of Marcus Aurelius. however, a point of view has to be taken—albeit tentatively—that the connection with Diocletian is a sound reference. this can be principally as a result of the textual content of the interpolation now not being from the Vita Marci, which gets rid of the problems surrounding authorship—given that the interpolation doesn't belong within the Vita Marci, the connection with Diocletian is the one element in which we will tentatively date it.

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