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The Roman Empire in Late Antiquity
A Political and Military History


  • Author: Hugh Elton, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108456319

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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.

    • 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • 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

  • Author

    Hugh Elton, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
    Hugh Elton is Professor and Program Coordinator in the Program of Greek and Roman Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. A scholar of Late Roman political and military history, he has directed two archaeological projects in Turkey. He is the author of Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350–425 (1998) and Frontiers of the Roman Empire (2012).

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