THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE - After being beset by invasion, civil war and internal difficulties
for a century, the Roman Empire that Diocletian inherited in AD 284
desperately needed the organizational drive he brought to the task of
putting its administration and defences on a newly secure footing. His
successor, Constantine, sustained this consolidation of imperial
strength by adopting a vibrant new religion, Christianity.
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
as Julian the Apostate and St Augustine.
Not only providing a
vivid narrative of events, this book also draws on archaeological and
artistic evidence to illuminate such central issues as economy, social
structure, defence, religion and culture.
‘The Later Roman Empire’
is indispensable to students, and a compelling guide for anyone
interested in the cultural development of late antiquity, or in the
structure, evolution and fate of empires more generally.Condition - Good
Paperback - ISBN: 0006861723 Pages: 238 - Author: Averil Cameron - Publisher: Fontana