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Theodosius II
Rethinking the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity

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Christopher Kelly, Jill Harries, Doug Lee, Thomas Graumann, Peter Van Nuffelen, Giusto Traina, Richard Flower, Mary Whitby, Luke Gardiner, Edward Watts
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  • Date Published: May 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108816410

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  • Theodosius II (AD 408–450) was the longest reigning Roman emperor. Ever since Edward Gibbon, he has been dismissed as mediocre and ineffectual. Yet Theodosius ruled an empire which retained its integrity while the West was broken up by barbarian invasions. This book explores Theodosius' challenges and successes. Ten essays by leading scholars of late antiquity provide important new insights into the court at Constantinople, the literary and cultural vitality of the reign, and the presentation of imperial piety and power. Much attention has been directed towards the changes promoted by Constantine at the beginning of the fourth century; much less to their crystallisation under Theodosius II. This volume explores the working out of new conceptions of the Roman Empire - its history, its rulers and its God. A substantial introduction offers a new framework for thinking afresh about the long transition from the classical world to Byzantium.

    • Re-evaluates the reign of Rome's longest serving emperor
    • Proposes a new view of the fifth century AD, offering fresh insight into the transition from the classical world to Byzantium
    • Focuses on the Roman Empire in the East, which has tended to be neglected in the rush to understand the decline and fall of the Roman Empire in the West
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    "The reader of this volume is offered valuable insights into one of the crucial periods in the history of the Christian Church."
    Fergus Millar, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    • Date Published: May 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108816410
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 140 x 215 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Rethinking Theodosius Christopher Kelly
    Part II. Arcana Imperii:
    2. Men without women: Theodosius' consistory and the business of government Jill Harries
    3. Theodosius and his generals Doug Lee
    4. Theodosius II and the politics of the first Council of Ephesus Thomas Graumann
    5. Olympiodorus of Thebes and eastern triumphalism Peter Van Nuffelen
    Part III. Past and Present:
    6. Mapping the world under Theodosius II Giusto Traina
    7. 'The insanity of heretics must be restrained': heresiology and the Theodosian Code Richard Flower
    8. Writing in Greek: classicism and compilation, interaction and transformation Mary Whitby
    Part IV. Pius Princeps:
    9. Stooping to conquer: the power of imperial humility Christopher Kelly
    10. The imperial subject: Theodosius II and panegyric in Socrates' Church History Luke Gardiner
    11. Theodosius II and his legacy in anti-Chalcedonian communal memory Edward Watts.

  • Editor

    Christopher Kelly, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Kelly is Reader in Ancient History and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His publications include Ruling the Later Roman Empire (2004), The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction (2006), The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome (2009).


    Christopher Kelly, Jill Harries, Doug Lee, Thomas Graumann, Peter Van Nuffelen, Giusto Traina, Richard Flower, Mary Whitby, Luke Gardiner, Edward Watts

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