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Professor's latest work a trove on Ammianus

By Maureen Schlangen

In the latest installment of a language series 82 years in the making, University of Dayton librarian and religious studies professor Fred W. Jenkins surveys scholarship on fourth-century Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus from the editio princeps to the present.

Ammianus Marcellinus: An Annotated Bibliography, 1474 to the Present includes bibliographies, editions, translations, commentaries, concordances, indexes, websites, and secondary scholarship in many languages. Jenkins, associate dean for collections and operations, spent five years on the book, published in December 2016 by Brill as part of its 19-volume series Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus.

At 665 pages, “it’s the fattest book in the series,” said Jenkins, whose own collection includes all but the series’ final work, a forthcoming commentary on book 31 of Ammianus.

Philology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages (Oxford English Dictionary).

The book’s introduction, provided in compliance with the publisher’s policy on self-archiving, is available for download on eCommons, UD’s institutional repository.

- Maureen Schlangen, E-scholarship and communications manager

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