A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641 (Blackwell by Stephen Mitchell

By Stephen Mitchell

The second one version of A historical past of the Later Roman Empire positive aspects broad revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping ancient survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 to the loss of life of Heraclius in 641.
- incorporates a revised narrative of the political heritage that formed the past due Roman Empire
- contains broad adjustments to the chapters on nearby heritage, specially these with regards to Asia Minor and Egypt
- bargains a renewed overview of the decline of the empire within the later 6th and 7th centuries
- areas a bigger emphasis at the army deficiencies, cave in of nation funds, and position of bubonic plague in the course of the Europe in Rome’s decline
- contains systematic updates to the bibliography

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The subjects are represented as possessing divine or semi-divine status, and this was often demonstrated by their supposed supernatural powers. It is no coincidence that these works began to appear during the most important period of change from pagan polytheism to Christianity, since they served as 18 THE NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE ammunition in the propaganda war between rival religious and philosophical camps. 2 Eusebius’ Life of Constantine, the most important single source for the irst Christian emperor, an extraordinary collage of panegyric, documentary history, and hagiography, is a hybrid work that belongs to this period of literary experimentation and intense religious competition.

It claims to be the truth, which I have never ventured to pervert either by silence or a lie. The rest I leave to be written by better men whose abilities are in their prime. But if they choose to undertake them, I advise them to cast what they have to say in the grand style. 9, trans. Hamilton) Service as a military oficer provided Ammianus with the privileged access to information and to high-level informants, who were indispensable for 24 THE NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE his historical project. At the beginning of book 15, in a passage that deliberately echoes Thucydides, Ammianus makes plain that such sources were invaluable: Using my best efforts to ind out the truth, I have set out, in the order in which they occurred, events which I was able to observe for myself or discover by thorough questioning of contemporaries who took part in them.

Heather, The Fall of the Roman Empire (Oxford, 2005); B. Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (Oxford, 2005). 4 R. Hodges and D. Whitehouse, Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe (London, 1983) for an early reappraisal of the archaeology; C. Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages (Oxford, 2005), 700–8 and 800–1, and The Inheritance of Rome (London, 2009), 223–4 for a structural critique. 5 For an important appraisal of the impact of contemporary multiculturalism on approaches to the study of late antiquity, see W.

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