The Later Roman Empire (Text Only)

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HarperCollins UK, 2013 M03 7 - 256 pages

A comprehensive study - recently updated for the eBook edition - which introduces the reader to the vigour and variety of the fourth century AD.

After being beset by invasion, civil war and internal difficulties for a century, the Roman Empire that Diocletian inherited in AD 284 desperately needed the organizational drive he brought to the task of putting its administration and defences on a newly secure footing. His successor, Constantine, sustained this consolidation of imperial strength by adopting a vibrant new religion, Christianity.

The fourth century AD was a decisive period; its many new challenges and wide cultural diversity are reflected in the pages of its chief historian, Ammianus Marcellinus, and represented by figures as different as Julian the Apostate and St Augustine.

Not only providing a vivid narrative of events, this book also draws on archaeological and artistic evidence to illuminate such central issues as economy, social structure, defence, religion and culture.

‘The Later Roman Empire’ is indispensable to students, and a compelling guide for anyone interested in the cultural development of late antiquity, or in the structure, evolution and fate of empires more generally.

 

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Useful introduction to the history of the later (post-Diocletian) Roman Empire. Religious, political, military and economic issues dominate. Contains good, if now slightly dated guide to further reading. Read full review

Contents

the thirdcentury background
1
The Sources 1
3
Diocletian
30
Constantine
47
the legacy of Constantine
66
The Reign of ulian
85
Constantius to Theodosius
99
Late Roman Economy and Society 1 1 3
113
Culture in the Late Fourth Century
151
Constantinople and the East r 70
170
Conclusion 1 87
187
Date Chart 1 95
195
List of Emperors I 97
197
Primary Sources
199
F urtherReading
209
Index
229

Military Affairs Barbarians and the Late Roman Army 1 3 3
133

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About the author (2013)

Averil Cameron is the former Warden of Keble College Oxford and an authority on late antiquity and Byzantium.

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