Jordanes and the date of the Epitome de Caesaribus

Justin A Stover, George Woudhuysen

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The Epitome de Caesaribus is universally assumed to be a work of the late fourth or early fifth centuries. In this article, we demonstrate that the Epitome was in fact compiled at some point after the middle of the sixth century, by showing on textual and philological grounds that it has drawn extensively on the Romana of Jordanes (written c. 551/2). We then explore some of the implications of this re-dating for our understanding of the text and its reception in late antiquity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-188
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2021


  • Epitome de Caesaribus
  • Jordanes
  • transmission
  • prose rhythm
  • later Latin literature
  • Roman historians


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