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Post by kosovohp on Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:09 am

he Augustan History (Lat. Historia Augusta) is a late Roman collection of biographies, in Latin, of the Roman Emperors, their junior colleagues and usurpers of the period 117 to 284. It presents itself as a compilation of works by six different authors (collectively known as the Scriptores Historiae Augustae), written in the reigns of Diocletian and Constantine I, but the true authorship of the work, its actual date, and its purpose, have long been matters for controversy. Major problems include the nature of the sources it used, and how much of the content is pure fiction. Despite these conundrums - all of which are of considerable interest - it is the only continuous account for much of its period and is thus continually being re-evaluated, since modern historians are unwilling to abandon it as a unique source of possible information, despite its obvious untrustworthiness on many levels.
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1 Title and scope
2 The dating problem
3 Primary and secondary Vitae
4 Genre and purpose
5 Bogus documents and authorities
6 Examples of falsehood: a small selection
7 Marius Maximus or 'Ignotus'?
8 Historical value
9 Bibliography
10 Notes
11 See also
12 External links

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