Ammianus Marcellinus, History

LCL 300: 2-3


Constantius et Gallus


1. Galli Caesaris saevitia.1

1. Post emensos insuperabilis expeditionis eventus, languentibus partium animis, quas periculorum varietas fregerat et laborum, nondum tubarum cessante clangore, vel milite locato per stationes hibernas, fortunae saevientis procellae tempestates alias rebus infudere2 communibus, per multa illa et dira facinora Caesaris Galli, qui ex squalore imo miseriarum, in aetatis adultae primitiis, ad principale culmen insperato saltu3 provectus, ultra terminos

  • 1These summaries, which are not the work of Ammianus but of some early editor, are put for convenience at the beginning of each chapter. Usually the summaries of each book are put all together at the beginning of that book, or (e.g. by Eyssenhardt) the summaries of all the books are collected at the end of the entire text.
  • 2infudere, HA; infundere, V.
  • 3saltu, Kellerbauer, Kiessling; cultu, V.

Gratianus Valentinianus II

The Surviving Books of The histOry of Ammianus Marcellinus

Book XIV

Constantius and Gallus

1. The cruelty of Gallus Caesar.1

1. After the survival of the events of an unendurable campaign,2 when the spirits of both parties, broken by the variety of their dangers and hardships, were still drooping, before the blare of the trumpets had ceased or the soldiers been assigned to their winter quarters, the gusts of raging Fortune brought new storms upon the commonwealth through the misdeeds, many and notorious, of Gallus Caesar.3 He had been raised, at the very beginning of mature

  • 1Flavius Claudius (Julius) Constantius Gallus, nephew of Constantine the Great and half-brother of Julian. He was made Caesar by Constantius II. in 351.
  • 2Against Magnentius, who in 350 had assumed the rank of an Augustus in the west, with Veteranio; but was defeated, in 351, by Constantius at Mursa, on the river Drave, a tributary of the Danube and in the passes of the Cottian Alps in 353. His followers then abandoned him and he committed suicide. See Index.
  • 3The title of Augustus was lawfully held only by the reigning emperor, or emperors. Caesar was the title next in rank and was conferred by the emperor on one or more of the imperial family; see Introd. p. xxiv.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.amminanus_marcellinus-history.1950