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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This was not so much the fault of the emperor as the result of changes already occurring in the Mediterranean world, of which contemporaries were unaware pp. Thus her fourth- and early fifth-century Goths are still Visigoths pp.

In any case, church ideology probably did not matter much when it came to domestic arrangements, at least not for a long time: Feb 06, Kathy Petersen rated it it was ok Shelves: She should stick with writing tomes and leave the pop stuff to amateurs. She makes claims contrary to those made by such luminaries as Peter Brown, without so much as a feint at real argumentation.

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The Best Books of Chapter 5 explores one of Constantine’s legacies, the problem of church-state relations in the fourth century. Open Preview See a Problem?

The weakness of this apparatus also suggests to C. Despite an uneven treatment of east and west, it is fair to say that C. Examining the transformation of the Roman world into a Christian culture, she takes e,pire of the competition between Christianity and Neoplatonism.

Chapter 1 covers secular and ecclesiastical politics in the east, primarily Constantinople, while Chapter 2 focuses on barbarians, the army, and the fall of the west.


Jones’ comment that the virtue of thr system lay in its simplicity a “modern view”, and concludes that “the net effect of Diocletian’s innovations was much less dramatic than is often supposed” pp.

Because the east did not suffer from the same problems, C. From the fifth century on, the west is repeatedly described as “fragmented” in government pp.

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. Her main concerns are first, to demonstrate the steadily growing wealth, power, and public influence of the institutional church, and second, to measure the more limited and less obvious effects tue Christian beliefs on private life.

Combine these problems with the fact cxmeron she’s clearly engaging in debates with other people in her field re things such as the economic and social landscape during and after the Diocletianic and Constantinian reforms, but doing it in what’s supposed to be a short overview of the period–in other words, trying to say th a 10 page chapter what should be said in pages.

As elsewhere, however, C. A certain sharpness of tone is evident from the beginning; this, combined with a keen interest in historiography and a fondness for recent revisionist interpretations, makes for lively and sometimes jarring reading.

The Later Roman Empire

James M Carmichael rated it liked it Oct 13, Justinian’s efforts to reconquer the west take center stage more for their effects than their intentions: Whatever one thinks of this view, or of C.

The downside of this book for me is that at under two hundred pages when you exclude footnotes and bibliography it is terribly short and I would have enjoyed more. It is no accident that the Greeks of the eastern Roman empire are suddenly transformed in this chapter into Byzantines pp.


By combining literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence.

Contents the thirdcentury background i. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. In fact these are more than textbooks, since they also represent the attempt of a distinguished historian to define the field and mark out a point of view. As elsewhere in the book, C. References to secondary literature — in most cases just sufficient to justify controversial positions and point the reader to further discussion — are not given in notes but in a bibliographic essay organized wmpire chapter.

She points out that many of the problems once thought to define the “crisis” of the third century heavy pressure on the frontiers, high levels of political instability, sharp debasement of the silver coinage had their beginnings as early as the reign of Marcus Aurelius pp. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Alan Burrows rated it it was amazing Dec 16, There is a welcome emphasis on documents and literary sources, which are abundantly quoted and cited in the text; the most important of these are listed alphabetically with English translations and relevant modern discussions at the back of the book.