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Excerpta Valesiana

The Text on LacusCurtius

The Latin text is that of the Loeb edition, 1939; which in turn appears to be that of Mommsen, Chronica Minora I, 1885: see if you have better luck than I in figuring it out from the Loeb Introduction.

As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if success­ful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

The transcription has been minutely proofread; should you spot an error, though, please do report it.

Latin original
English translation

Chapter and Section Numbering, Local Links

Both chapters (large numbers) and sections (small numbers) mark local links, according to a consistent scheme; you can therefore link directly to any passage.

Copyright and Translations

The English translation is that by J. C. Rolfe appended to Vol. III of Ammianus Marcellinus in the Loeb Classical Library (pp506‑569), first published in 1939. It is now in the public domain pursuant to the 1978 revision of the U. S. Copyright Code, since the copyright expired in 1967 and was not renewed at the appropriate time, which would have been that year or the year before. (Details here on the copyright law involved.)

The Latin text was either copyright 1939 but not renewed, or copyright 1885 and thus lapsed. At any rate it too is thus in the public domain.


The Loeb edition provides, and I have reproduced, a detailed, possibly comprehensive apparatus criticus to the Latin text.

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