The Later Roman Empire, AD 284-430

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Marked by the shift of power from Rome to Constantinople and the Christianization of the Empire, this pivotal era requires a narrative and interpretative history of its own. Averil Cameron, an authority on later Roman and early Byzantine history and culture, captures the vigor and variety of the fourth century, doing full justice to the enormous explosion of recent scholarship.

After a hundred years of political turmoil, civil war, and invasion, the Roman Empire that Diocletian inherited in AD 284 desperately needed the radical restructuring he gave its government and defenses. His successor, Constantine, continued the revolution by adopting--for himself and the Empire--a vibrant new religion: Christianity. The fourth century is an era of wide cultural diversity, represented by figures as different as Julian the Apostate and St. Augustine. Cameron provides a vivid narrative of its events and explores central questions about the economy, social structure, urban life, and cultural multiplicity of the extended empire. Examining the transformation of the Roman world into a Christian culture, she takes note of the competition between Christianity and Neoplatonism. And she paints a lively picture of the new imperial city of Constantinople. By combining literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence. Cameron has produced an exciting record of social change. The Later Roman Empire is a compelling guide for anyone interested in the cultural development of late antiquity.

 

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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 I
1
The Sources
13
Diocletian
30
Constantine
47
the legacy of Constantine
66
The Reign of Julian
85
Constantius to Theodosius
99
Late Roman Economy and Society
113
Culture in the Late Fourth Century
151
Constantinople and the East
170
Conclusion
187
Date Chart
195
List of Emperors
197
Primary Sources
199
Further Reading
209
Index
229

Military Affairs Barbarians and the Late Roman Army
133

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Professor Dame Averil Cameron was formerly the Warden of Keble College Oxford and the holder of a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford.

Professor Dame Averil Cameron was formerly the Warden of Keble College Oxford and the holder of a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford.

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