The <i>Annales</i> of Nicomachus Flavianus I

Alan Cameron

in The Last Pagans of Rome

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199747276
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866212 | DOI:
The Annales of Nicomachus Flavianus I

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This chapter discusses the lost Annales of Nicomachus Flavianus, which many scholars believe to be the most important and influential pagan history of the late 4th-century West. According to some, an imperial history from Augustus to the death of Gratian (383); according to others the whole of Roman history, from the foundation of Rome right down to the fall of the usurper Maximus in 388. It is argued that virtually nothing is known about Flavian's Annales. Not a single word survives. Not a single reference in any literary text of any sort or date. This supposedly so important and influential work is known from just two epigraphic dedications: one by his grandson, Nicomachus Dexter, revealing no more than a work called Annales dedicated to Theodosius; the other from the base to the statue erected in the family house on the Caelian Hill by his grandson-in-law Memmius Symmachus ca. 402.

Keywords: Nicomachus Flavianus; pagan history; paganism; Nicomachus Dexter; Annales; Theodosius; Memmius Symmachus

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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