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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Like its companion, MWLA has a remarkably small number of editing and typesetting errors in the text. The Later Roman Empire A. 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 own.
Even with the Muslim conquests, C. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Larer MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. These types of books usually just beg more questions than they answer–which is probably not only exactly what they’re meant to do, but is fact a good thing. This makes the Muslim victories less surprising p.
Cameron provides a vivid narrative of its events and explores central questions about the economy, social structure, urban life, and cultural multiplicity of the extended empire.
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In any case, church ideology probably did not matter much when it came to domestic arrangements, at least romah for a long time: Nevertheless, each chapter is supplemented at yhe end of the book by a large number of suggestions for further reading mainly English worksas well as containing chronological lists of significant events The growing wealth of the church and the resulting capacity of its averll to exercise patronage in the form of charity, church-building, and hospitality is repeatedly emphasized, in this and other chapters pp.
It is no accident that the Greeks of the eastern Roman empire are suddenly transformed in this chapter into Byzantines pp. Averil Cameronan authority on later Roman and early Byzantine history and culture, captures the vigor and variety of the fourth century, doing full justice to the enormous explosion of recent scholarship.
Joanne rated it it was amazing Jan 26, After being beset by invasion, civil war and internal difficulties for a century, the Roman Empire that Cmaeron inherited in AD desperately needed the organizational drive he brought to the task of putting its administration latr defences on a newly secure footing.
His successor, Constantine, continued the revolution by adopting–for himself and the Empire–a vibrant new religion: Radical asceticism and monasticism also receive an unsympathetic treatment, with comments on the participation of monks in anti-pagan violence pater.
Culture in the Empirre Fourth Century. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even the most striking discontinuity — the emergence of Christianity as the Roman state religion — is explained as much as possible within a framework of continuity and gradual change, at some cost perhaps to what were arguably discontinuous features of the Christian religion e.
Viewing the third century as an age of development rather than as an age of crisis paves the way for C. The result is a convoluted mishmash of apparent contradictions and intellectual waffling.
The Later Roman Empire, A. The emphasis is mostly on urban life and specifically the urban plebs, with discussion of public spaces, festivals, riots, food distributions, chariot racing, and other topics that have dominated the study of late antique civic culture in the past two decades. My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Jan 28, Pinko Palest rated it it was amazing. Harvard University Press, Religious, political, military and economic issues dominate.
Cameron’s history of the “end” of the Roman Empire is, for me, a case of too many topics squeezed and pounded into her pages. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.
It then examines topics in the larger economy, including patterns of landholding, the use of slaves in agricultural production, and levels of trade and market exchange. When changes in population and settlement led to the decline of cities and their cultural structures, in east as well as west, classical civilization gradually gave way to new mentalities and cultural forms, not all of which were necessarily of Christian origin p.
Ad Averil Cameron Snippet view – Thus her fourth- and early fifth-century Goths are still Visigoths pp. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The urban changes tje which C.
An alphabetized listing and brief description of the more significant primary sources and ancient authors appears as a kind of appendix. Underlying rpman deterioration cmaeron the classical fabric of ancient cities and the creation of a Christian topography in its place was a new set of attitudes not just em;ire space but toward time as well.
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Some black and white illustrations in the text. The time-hopping also disoriented me, although chronological history is by no means the only, or even the preferred, method of discussion. Paperbackpages.
To judge from that work avetil from MWLA, the series is aimed at a level above that of the Fontana series, with a looser chronological structure, fewer empkre for the novice, and greater emphasis on secondary literature and camerpn specifics of scholarly controversy. Except Cameron finds a way to make her short introduction even useless in this regard. The volume reviewed here begins with the accession of Diocletian in and closes with the death of Theodosiuswhile a second book, The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity A.
The tone and the approach will be unnerving to students looking for simple, conventional answers, but readers who are willing to examine the evidence themselves, track down C. The Reign of Julian. This chapter thus does more than indulge the fascination, even the nostalgia, that some ancient historians feel for Julian.
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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 by chapter. Open Preview See a Problem?
Her method here, followed throughout the book, is to provide a summary of the problem, brief references to evidence, and a skeptical, guarded, and often revisionist conclusion.
Here as elsewhere she minimizes the impact that imperial legislation had on actual practice. She tries to solve the fundamental problem of short historical introductions and only causes new ones.