By Gabriele Marasco

A complete research of Greek and Latin historiography from Constantine to the tip of the 6th century advert. It goals to ascertain the improvement of past due old historiography, stressing the relatives among pagan and Christian historians, their polemics, and their frequently overlooked agreements.

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For Jewish parallels, see esp. J. Rougé, “Le De Mortibus Persecutorum, 5e livre des Macchabées”, Studia Patristica 12 (Berlin, 1976), 135–143 and Creed, op. , XIf. g. M. Gelzer, Kleine Schriften 2 (Wiesbaden, 1963), 378–386; I. Opelt, “Formen der Polemik im Pamphlet De mortibus persecutorum”, JbAC 16 (1973), 98–105; Christensen, op. , 13–20. 104 105       33 atively characterizes the misdeeds and fates of the persecutors of his own days Diocletian, Maximian and Galerius.

Di Spigno, G. Calboli, L. M. 9 J. Matthews’ monograph, published in 1989,10 has proved to be a masterly historical synthesis, which promises to remain relevant for a long time. 11 Among theses on this subject defended in France recently, those by L. Mary12 and A. Foucher13 are particularly noteworthy. W. Fornara15 and 6 C. di Spigno, “Aspetti e problemi della storia degli studi ammianei”, Helikon 3 (1963), 524–534; G. Calboli, “La credibilità di Ammiano Marcellino e la sua arte espositiva”, BStudLat 4 (1974), 67–103; L.

4. Origo Constantini Imperatoris The Origo, too, is written by a pagan author. He also avoided any reference to Constantine’s religious stance and religious decisions, although he gave an account of the whole reign of the emperor. 36   This is most evident in his description of the death of Constantine. He remarks on neither the emperor’s Christian baptism shortly before his death nor his sepulchre built as a Constantinian mausoleum in the Apostle Church. The anonymous author excluded all aspects concerning religious affairs in such a thorough way that a later Christian redactor only had to replace a few passages of the original writing by quotations from the history of the Christian Orosius.

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