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In this volume, Hugh Elton offers a detailed and up to date history of the last centuries of the Roman Empire. Beginning with the crisis of the third century, he covers the rise of Christianity, the key Church Councils, the fall of the West to the Barbarians, the Justinianic reconquest, and concludes with the twin wars against Persians and Arabs in the seventh century AD. Elton isolates two major themes that emerge in this period. He notes that a new form of decision-making was created, whereby committees debated civil, military, and religious matters before the emperor, who was the final arbiter. Elton also highlights the evolution of the relationship between aristocrats and the Empire, and provides new insights into the mechanics of administering the Empire, as well as frontier and military policies. Supported by primary documents and anecdotes, The Roman Empire in Late Antiquity is designed for use in undergraduate courses on late antiquity and early medieval history.Read more
- Provides a detailed and up to date history of the Late Roman Empire
- Focuses on how the Late Roman Empire worked, from the point of view of the emperor
- Integrates religious politics into the core of the narrative
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“The Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, A Political and Military History is a lavishly detailed and very useful book, particularly in terms of its chronological narrative. It also has a useful glossary for the basic technical terms related to Roman institutions.” --Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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- Date Published: November 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108456319
- length: 398 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.64kg
- contains: 23 b/w illus. 11 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The late-third century, 260–312
2. The early-fourth century, 312–363
3. The military situation, 260–395
4. The late-fourth century, 363–395
5. The early-fifth century, 395–455
6. The late-fifth century, 455–493
7. The military situation, 395–493
8. The early-sixth century, 491–565
9. The late-sixth century, 565–610
10. The military situation, 491–610
11. The reign of Heraclius, 610–641
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