Approaching Late Antiquity: The Transformation from Early to Late Empire

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What factors already present in the society of the High Roman Empire developed and expanded into the world of Late Antiquity? What was distinct in this period from what went before? The answers to these complex and fascinating questions embrace the fields of cultural history, politics, ideas, art, philosophy, pagan religion, Christian church, Greek and Latin literature, the army, the law, the provinces, settlement, and the economy. Approaching Late Antiquity is an illustrated collection of fifteen original ...
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Overview


What factors already present in the society of the High Roman Empire developed and expanded into the world of Late Antiquity? What was distinct in this period from what went before? The answers to these complex and fascinating questions embrace the fields of cultural history, politics, ideas, art, philosophy, pagan religion, Christian church, Greek and Latin literature, the army, the law, the provinces, settlement, and the economy. Approaching Late Antiquity is an illustrated collection of fifteen original essays on the later Roman world written by a galaxy of internationally known scholars.
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"One of the great virtues of the collection is its ecumenical reach...The volume's worth, therefore, resides most immediately in the strangth of its individual contributions...Approaching Late Antiquity tells its stories well"--NECJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199267149
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Swain is Professor of Classics and Ancient History and Head of Department at the University of Warwick. Mark Edwards is Lecturer in Patristics at the University of Oxford and Student of Christ Church.

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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Figures
Note on Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Economic Change and the Transition to Late Antiquity 20
3 A New Golden Age? The Northern Praefectura Urbi from the Severans to Diocletian 53
4 Transition and Change in Diocletian's Egypt: Province and Empire in the Late Third Century 82
5 Roman Law A.D. 200-400: From Cosmopolis to Rechtstaat? 109
6 Roman Citizenship and Roman Law in the Late Empire 133
7 Emperors and Armies, A.D. 235-395 156
8 Romanitas and the Church of Rome 187
9 Pagan and Christian Monotheism in the Age of Consantine 211
10 The Transformation of Imperial Churchgoing in the Fourth Century 235
11 Late Antique Art: The Problem of the Concept and the Cumulative Aesthetic 271
12 Painted Hellenes: Mummy Portraits from Late Roman Egypt 310
13 Poetry and Literary Culture in Late Antiquity 327
14 Sophists and Emperors: The Case of Libanius 355
15 Philosophy as a Profession in Late Antiquity 401
Bibliography 419
Index 467
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