On the Date of the Kaisergeschichte

@article{Burgess1995OnTD,
  title={On the Date of the Kaisergeschichte},
  author={Richard W. Burgess},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  year={1995},
  volume={90},
  pages={111 - 128}
}
  • R. Burgess
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • History
  • Classical Philology
T HE KAISERGESCHICHTE (KG) was first postulated in 1883 by Alexander Enmann. 1 He noticed that the epitomators Aurelius Victor (writing in mid-361)2 and Eutropius (ca. 369)3 wrote (especially about the third century) in such a way as to necessitate a single common source: they make the same mistakes, they often share similar wording and phraseology as well as extended verbal parallels and echoes, and they generally recount the same selection of events in much the same order. Victor wrote first… 
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It is also believed-and rightly, as far as I can tell from comparisons of the HA with other works that used the KG-that the KG depended heavily on the biographies of Marius Maximus: see H. W. Bird
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21: Constantinus latrocinii specie dum incautus foedeque temulentus in aliena irruit, obtruncatus est proiectusque in fluvium, cui nomen Alsa est, non longe ab Aquileia
  • Constantinum porro bellum fratri inferentem et apud Aquileiam inconsultius proelium adgressum Constantis duces interemerunt. J. 235a: Constantinus bellum fratri inferens iuxta Aquileiam Alsae occiditur. Epit. 41
491-500. For its size, cf. Bird
Decentius frater Magnentii laqueo se suspendit. E. 10.12.2: frater quoque eius [sc. vim vitae suae attulit] Senonis, quem ad tuendas Gallias Caesarem miserat
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Decentius frater eius, quem ad tuendas Gallias Caesarem miserat, aput Senonas laqueo vitam explet
Decentius laqueo fascia composito vitamfinivit. hypothesis. Victor is of no use here, for he simply says "Constantius
See also his Sextus Aurelius Victor, 17, where he offers both dates, while favoring 357. In his most recent work (Eutropius) Bird offers both dates without preference in his preface
  • 20. Barnes was followed by Syme
vario ambos supplicio semet adegit interficere