From Rome to Byzantium AD 363 to 565: The Transformation of Ancient Rome

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Edinburgh University Press, 2013 - History - 337 pages
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The final dramatic centuries of Roman history


Between the deaths of the Emperors Julian (363) and Justinian (565), the Roman Empire underwent momentous changes.  Most obviously, control of the west was lost to barbarian groups during the fifth century, and although parts were recovered by Justinian, the empire's centre of gravity shifted irrevocably to the east, with its focal point now the city of Constantinople.  Equally important was the increasing dominance of Christianity not only in religious life, but also in politics, society and culture. 

Doug Lee charts these and other significant developments which contributed to the transformation of ancient Rome and its empire into Byzantium and the early medieval west.  By emphasising the resilience of the east during late antiquity and the continuing vitality of urban life and the economy, this volume offers an alternative perspective to the traditional paradigm of decline and fall.

Key features:
• Provides a clear analytical narrative of pivotal political, military, and religious developments
• Complements this with an examination of overarching trends in urban life and the economy
• Gives particular attention to the dynamics of political and religious power and of Roman-barbarian relations during the fifth century

  

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Contents

The Constantinian inheritance
1
The later fourth century
17
Emperors usurpers and frontiers
19
Towards a Christian empire
39
Old Rome new Rome
57
The long fifth century
79
Generalissimos and imperial courts
81
Barbarians and Romans
110
Economic patterns
223
The age of Justinian
241
Justinian and the Roman past
243
Justinian and the Christian present
264
Justinian and the end of antiquity
286
Chronology
301
List of rulers
304
List of bishops of Rome
307

Church and state piety and power
134
Anastasius and the resurrection of imperial power
159
Romes heirs in the west
178
Longerterm trends
197
Urban continuity and change
199
Guide to further reading
308
Select bibliography of modern works
313
Index
322
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A. D. Lee is Associate Professor in Classical Studies at the University of Nottingham

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