Ammianus and the Great Tsunami*

  title={Ammianus and the Great Tsunami*},
  author={Gavin Kelly},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={141 - 167}
  • G. Kelly
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
With this striking and bravura narrative of the earthquake and tsunami of 21 July A.D. 365 Ammianus Marcellinus ends Book 26 of his Res Gestae. Though displaying many of the features characteristic of Ammianus – daunting linguistic variation, brilliant observation of detail, a dazzling and blurred sequence of discrete pictures — this passage also stands out from the main body of the narrative. Most notably, the historian distorts chronological sequence: an event which occurred before Procopius… 

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