The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: AD 395-700

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Routledge, Apr 29, 2015 - History - 320 pages
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This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, now covering the period 395-700 AD, provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity and a direct challenge to conventional views of the end of the Roman empire. Leading scholar Averil Cameron focuses on the changes and continuities in Mediterranean society as a whole before the Arab conquests. Two new chapters survey the situation in the east after the death of Justinian and cover the Byzantine wars with Persia, religious developments in the eastern Mediterranean during the life of Muhammad, the reign of Heraclius, the Arab conquests and the establishment of the Umayyad caliphate.

Using the latest in-depth archaeological evidence, this all-round historical and thematic study of the west and the eastern empire has become the standard work on the period. The new edition takes account of recent research on topics such as the barbarian ‘invasions’, periodization, and questions of decline or continuity, as well as the current interest in church councils, orthodoxy and heresy and the separation of the miaphysite church in the sixth-century east. It contains a new introductory survey of recent scholarship on the fourth century AD, and has a full bibliography and extensive notes with suggestions for further reading.

The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity 395-700 AD continues to be the benchmark for publications on the history of Late Antiquity and is indispensible to anyone studying the period.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Constantinople and the eastern empire
20
2 The empire and the barbarians
39
3 Christianization and its challenges
58
4 Late Roman society and economy
84
5 Justinian and reconquest
104
6 Late antique culture and private life
128
7 Urban change and the late antique countryside
146
8 The eastern Mediterranean a region in ferment
168
9 A changed world
191
Conclusion
208
Notes
215
Bibliography
263
Index
293
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Averil Cameron was until recently Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at the University of Oxford and Warden of Keble College Oxford.

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