By Ronald Syme
This quantity brings jointly fifteen reports written due to the fact that 1972 at the infamous Historia Augusta. Syme advances the idea, supported via laptop proof, that the papers are the paintings of just one individual, instead of six as they purport, and they have been written significantly later than the reigns of Diocletian and Constantine. He argues that, taken as an entire, the papers are a piece of "fictional background" and represent an tricky and erudite hoax.
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11. 2; Epit. 34. 4) and in portions ofl2. 2-5 (cf. Eutropius ix. 11. 2; 12; Epit. 34. 5). That is, the KG, not Victor, who omitted Quintillus. 26 Julian, Caesares 314 C. 27 The nature of the error was first detected by E. Groag, P-W v, 1349. 71 VI. The origin of Claudius There is no sign that any Latin source employed by the Historia Augusta had anything to say about the origin and family of Claudius , or for that matter, of M. Claudius Tacitus. 28 The biographies of Aurelian and Probus introduce the rubric at once, as is proper, after the preface.
1). That happens to correspond to his actual age. The author is perhaps writing better than he knew. Or rather, had he not meanwhile become aware of fresh sources of information? 5). Macrinus is pilloried for arrogance and cruelty in a long section (12. 1-11), notably harsh punishments visited on the soldiers. That theme had proved attractive, but adduced rather for praise, in the portrayal of A vidius Cassius and Pescennius Niger. In this instance the author drew inspiration from his meagre Latin sources.
2). A second missive from the same emperor alleges that Claudius has been appointed 'dux totius Illyrici' (15. 2). Again, Decius instructs 'Messala' the governor of Achaea to assign to Claudius (for an expedition to Thermopylae) 200 soldiers 'ex regione Dardanica' (16. 2); and Gallienus tells 'Venustus' to furnish various gifts of plate and vestments, suitably including 'singiliones Dalmatenses decem, clamydem Dardanicam mantuelem unam, paenulam Illyricianam unam, bardocucullum unum' (17. 6). The bardocucullus was notoriously a Dalmatian garment.