Averil Cameron, an authority on later Roman and early Byzantine history and culture, captures the vigor and variety of the fourth century, doing full justice to the . The Later Roman Empire has ratings and 13 reviews. Jan-Maat said: Survey history of the later Roman Empire from Diocletian down to roughly the end of. The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Contact Contact Us Help. As elsewhere, however, C. Description A comprehensive study which introduces the reader to the vigour and variety of the fourth century AD.

Constantinople and the East. Marked by the shift of power from Rome to Constantinople and the Christianization of the Empire, this pivotal era requires a narrative and interpretative history of its camron.

Survey history of the later Roman Empire from Diocletian down thf roughly the end of Roman political authority in the west.

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This state-centered framework is initially surprising in view of the book’s title and heavy use of settlement archaeology, which together suggest an emphasis on the Mediterranean world as a whole. Alan Burrows rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Among specifically Christian changes, C.


Paperbackpages. Oct 31, Andrew rated it latfr liked it. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Because it was written as a starting point for students p. Want to Read camrron. Oct 04, Lauren Albert rated it really liked late Shelves: Much of this is provisional and controversial, as C. From the introduction I think she’s arguing the latter, but then sprinkled throughout the book are allusions suggesting it’s the former.

His nonsense books, mo …. These are conclusions well worth emphasizing in a book of this kind, and they fit in well with C. By introducing new urban holy places and festivals, Christian leaders and congregations redefined their cities according to views of their own past and eschatological future, in the process calling into question classical ideals of the city, civic life, and the public good.

The Later Roman Empire

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She should stick with writing tomes and leave the pop stuff to amateurs. The only incorrect references I found were at p. Religious, political, military and economic issues dominate. Throughout the chapter C. The first two chapters survey the political and military history of the fifth century, up to the reign of Anastasius There’s a nice discussion of the economy and social issues that reflects some of the recent developments in the scholarship.

Each chapter summarizes the state of scholar Cameron states in her preface that there is no basic text in English on the later Roman empire, and that she wrote this work to fill that gap.


She makes claims contrary to those made by such luminaries as Peter Brown, without so much as a feint at real argumentation. The entire second chapter is devoted to assessing the historical location and veracity of major Christian and Pagan sources, including judicious advice about scholarly usage of the Codex Theodosianus. Chapter 8 on economy and society continues C. Maria Maggiore, diptych of the Symmachi ; a fairly abbreviated date chart; and a list of emperors and some usurpers from Gordian I to Theodosius II.

They include the contraction of cities into well-fortified urban cores, the retreat of populations to more defensible sites, private encroachment into public spaces amphitheaters, circuses, theaters, streets, foraand the subdivision of great houses into smaller, poorer dwellings. Like many scholars, C.

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The result is a convoluted mishmash of apparent contradictions and intellectual waffling. Return to Book Page. Its organization is roughly chronological, with episodes of political narrative linking largely thematic chapters.

The author knows her stuff but makes zero effort to make this an engaging read.