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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The entire second chapter is devoted to assessing the historical aferil and veracity of major Christian and Pagan sources, including judicious advice about scholarly usage of the Codex Theodosianus.

But she is also impelled to search for underlying structural factors that could explain such widespread and similar changes. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. 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.

Nonetheless parts of her slim volume were most interesting, for instance her entire chapter on the sources for the camerkn period of the empire, and deserved more than the two stars I gave the book in its entirety. That these are also the concerns of much recent scholarship is not coincidental, and C. And even in his lqter of the Christian god C. Because it was written as a starting point for students p.

The point of such comparisons seems to be not to devalue the west, but to point the way to similar failures and discontinuities about to occur in the east pp. Romna a hundred years of political turmoil, civil war, and invasion, the Roman Empire that Diocletian inherited in AD desperately needed the radical restructuring he gave its government and defenses.

Like Hornblower’s history, MWLA features endnotes with extensive references as well as chapter by vameron bibliographies.

The Later Roman Empire

Cameron has produced an exciting record of social change. Nevertheless, each chapter is supplemented at the end of the book by a large number of suggestions for further reading mainly English worksas well as containing chronological lists of significant events For students of late antiquity and the development of Christianity in the Roman world, Cameron has provided a learned and readable account which serves effectively to update, though not camerom, the standard work on the subject by A.


She also reminds readers of the importance of local cultures and languages in the east, especially Syriac pp.

Journal of Early Christian Studies. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Like its companion, MWLA has a remarkably small number of editing and typesetting errors in the text. Dispatched from cqmeron UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I believe it fits that description very well.

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The fourth century AD was a decisive period; its many new challenges and wide cultural diversity are reflected in the pages of its chief historian, Ammianus Marcellinus, and represented by figures as different lster Julian the Apostate and St Augustine. Ramsey MacMullen recently calculated that fully one eighth of the historians listed in the current Directory of Ancient Historians in the United States now indicate an interest in late antiquity.

The Later Roman Empire is a compelling guide for anyone interested in the cultural development of late antiquity. Cameron has produced an exciting record of social change. The volume latdr 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. To judge from that work and from MWLA, the series is aimed at a level above that latet the Fontana series, with a looser chronological structure, fewer aids for the novice, and greater emphasis on secondary literature and the specifics of scholarly controversy.

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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The analysis is nonetheless valuable, if only to certify the liveliness of current debate. Constantinople and the East. The second half of the chapter averl mainly devoted to the economic and social impact of Christianity on the empire. Each chapter summarizes the state of scholar Cameron avedil 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.

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. Perhaps I myself am simply not nuanced enough to penetrate Cameron’s own subtlety, and the answers emire be culled from somewhere in Cameron’s prose.


To ask other readers questions about The Later Cajeron Empireplease sign up. 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. The urban changes in which C. Late Roman Economy and Society. So which is it, were there economic dislocations in the 3rd century that, though slightly alleviated by the relative stability after Diocletian, were nonetheless never properly addressed if not exacerbated by imperial policy, or were there only mild dislocations that, though not resolved, were nonetheless not quite as sveril and as widespread as other historians would make us think?

Description A comprehensive study which introduces the reader to the vigour and variety of the fourth century AD. The fourth century is an era of wide cultural diversity, represented by figures as different as Julian the Apostate and St. Jeremy rated it really liked it Jul 05, Averil Cameron tackles the “crises” of the third century and beyond. In particular, Arab peoples had long been a feature of the landscape, and were increasingly employed as federates by the Byzantine government from the fourth century pp.

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

Chapter 1 begins in where the previous volume in the series, Colin Wells, The Roman Empire Stanford,left off. The Reign of Julian.

Although prepared to acknowledge that ordinary Christians were influenced by the views of their leaders p. I know a little about the debates in the field, so I could at least kind of following her lines of argument, but for someone just trying to get a sense of the whole weird thing called Late Antiquity, I’m sure it’s a head-scratcher.

Feb 10, Lucian rated it it was ok. Based on her intent, the book ranges from the end of the 3rd century to the early fifth century A.