On the wall at the museum you will see these words "The Fairest City of the Orient" Ammianus
Marcellinus, XXIII, which says everything about how things were in Antakya.
Lupicinus, in a show of good faith, allowed both Alavivus and Fritigern to leave, but, in the words of historian Ammianus
, who may have witnessed many of these events, the seeds of war had been irrevocably sown:
Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus
Brown's false perspective of the middle decades of the fourth century becomes most evident in his comments on a passage in which the historian Ammianus
Marcellinus makes a disparaging reference to beggars on the Vatican.
The world had gotten used to a unified narrative framework of the kind we still find in the fourth-century historian Ammianus
Marcelinus, but if the story of a vibrant Empire less and less could provide this framework, the story of forming Christendom could.
Claudianus, Lactanctius, Jerome, Ammianus
Marcellinus, Basil, and Chrysostom all denounced the moral decadence of fourth-century society at large.
For example, Ammianus
holds the boiling summer heat partially responsible for the defeat against the Goths (miles fervore calefactus aestivo), Amm.
190-91) but his sober version will have a job competing with the wild, green-eyed, flame-haired furies that Ammianus
Marcellinus conjured up when he wrote about Gaulish women in the late fourth century AD (see Chapter 8 by Sarah Rey).
In the 380s the pagan Ammianus
Marcellinus noted that the Roman bishops' lifestyle had escalated, "wearing clothing chosen with care, and serving banquets so lavish that their entertainments outdo the tables of kings.
The whole earth was made to shake and shudder," wrote the Roman historian, Ammianus
Marcellinus, as he described how ships were thrown a mile or two inland onto the roofs of houses in Alexandria.
117] One report by Ammianus
Marcellinus recounts that the district was razed to the ground, and one scholar, at least, is convinced that this is the event that destroyed the entirety of the Great Library.
Marcellinus specifically notes Constantius's diplomatic efforts to maintain the loyalty of "Arsaces and Meribanes, kings of Armenia and Hiberia respectively .