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A History of the Later Roman Empire

A History of the Later Roman Empire
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  • Date Published: March 2015
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108083195

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  • The classical historian J. B. Bury (1861–1927) was the author of a history of Greece which was a standard textbook for over a century. He also wrote on later periods, and, in this two-volume work of 1889, examines Byzantine history from 395 to 800. Arguing for the underlying continuity of the Roman empire from the time of Augustus until 1453, Bury nevertheless begins his account in the year in which, on the death of Theodosius I, the empire was divided into eastern and western parts, and Constantinople began to take on the metropolitan role formerly held by Rome. Broadly chronological, but with an extended section on the state of the empire at the end of the fourth century, Volume 1 covers the period to the deaths of Belisarius and Justinian in 565, and Volume 2, after reviewing Justinian's legacy, takes the history down to the death of Irene in 803.

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108083195
    • length: 1132 pages
    • dimensions: 140 x 220 x 60 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Book I. Introduction:
    1. Christianity and paganism
    2. Influence of Christianity on society
    3. Elements of disintegration in the Roman empire
    4. The administration of the empire
    5. Constantinople
    Book II. The House of Theodosius:
    1. Rufinus and Eutropius
    2. The Germans in the East
    3. John Chrysostom
    4. Stilicho and Alaric
    5. Theodosius II and Marcian
    6. Beginnings of the dismemberment of the empire
    7. Invasions of the Huns
    8. The patrician Aetius
    9. The church in the fifth century
    10. Life and manners in the fifth century
    11. A glimpse of Hun life
    Book III. The House of Leo the Great:
    1. Leo I
    2. Ricimer the Patrician
    3. Zeno
    4. The Ostrogoths in Illyricum and Thrace
    5. Odovacar the Patrician and Theodoric the Patrician
    6. Anastasius I
    7. The Persian war
    8. Greek literature of the fifth century
    Book IV, Part I. The House of Justin:
    1. The reign of Justin I and the earlier years of Justinian's reign
    2. Justinian and Theodora
    3. The legal works of Justinian
    4. First Persian war (528–532 AD)
    5. The reconquest of Africa and Italy
    6. The great plague
    7. The final conquest of Italy and the conquest of south-eastern Spain
    8 Second Persian war (540–545 AD)
    9. The Lazic war (549–556 AD)
    10 The later years of Justinian's reign. Volume 2: Book IV, Part I continued. The House of Justin:
    11. Justinian's Caesaropapism
    12. The slaves
    13. Changes in the provincial administration
    14. The geography of Europe at the end of Justinian's reign
    15. Byzantine art
    16. Notes on the manners, industries, and commerce in the age of Justinian
    Book IV, Part 2. The Collapse of Justinian's System:
    1. Justin II and Tiberius II
    2. Maurice
    3. The Persian war (572–591 AD)
    4. Slaves and Avars in Illyricum and Thrace
    5. The Lombards in Italy
    6. The empire and the Franks
    7. The language of the Romaioi in the sixth century
    8. Literature of the sixth century
    Book V. The House of Heraclius:
    1. Phocas
    2. Heraclius (610–622 AD)
    3. The Persian war
    4. Monotheletism
    5. Literature in the reign of Heraclius
    6. Dismemberment of the empire by the Saracens
    7. The Slavonic settlements in Illyricum and Thrace
    8. Constans II
    9. Constantine IV
    10. Justinian II
    11. Foundation of the Bulgarian kingdom
    12. Origin of the system of themes
    13. Twenty years of anarchy
    14. Social and religious decay in the seventh century
    Book VI. The House of Leo the Isaurian:
    1. The repulse of the Saracens
    2. The administration of Leo III
    3. The iconoclastic movement
    4. Imperial Italy in the eighth century
    5. Constantine V
    6. Iconoclastic policy of Constantine
    7. Bulgaria
    8. Leo IV
    9. Constantine VI and Irene
    10. The reaction against iconoclasm
    11. The popes, the Lombards, and the Franks
    12. The geographical aspect of Europe at the end of the eighth century
    13. Society in the eighth century
    14. Conclusion

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    J. B. Bury

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