Late Roman Spain and Its Cities

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"Michael Kulikowski draws on the most recent archeological and literary evidence to integrate late antique Spain into the broader history of the Roman empire, crafting a definitive narrative and analytical account of the Iberian peninsula from the end of the third century to the beginning of the seventh." Kulikowski's portrait of late Roman Spain offers some surprising conclusions. With new archeological evidence and a fresh interpretation of well-known literary souces, Kulikowski contradicts earlier assertions of a catastrophic decline of
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Overview

"Michael Kulikowski draws on the most recent archeological and literary evidence to integrate late antique Spain into the broader history of the Roman empire, crafting a definitive narrative and analytical account of the Iberian peninsula from the end of the third century to the beginning of the seventh." Kulikowski's portrait of late Roman Spain offers some surprising conclusions. With new archeological evidence and a fresh interpretation of well-known literary souces, Kulikowski contradicts earlier assertions of a catastrophic decline of urbanism, finding that the physical and social world of the Roman city continued well into the sixth century despite the decline of Roman power. This study will prompt further reassessments of other Roman provinces and of medieval Spanish history.
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Editorial Reviews

Speculum - Rachel L. Stocking
This book makes a valuable contribution with its vivid presentation and synthesis of recent Spanish archaeological research.
Mediterranean Historical Review - Patrick Le Roux
Kulikowski has succeeded in laying the foundations for ever more detailed enquiries about the history of a period which scholars are less and less ready to characterize as 'of limited interest' and 'transitional.'
American Historical Review - Evan W. Haley
Kulikowski's book is one of extraordinary sweep, vision, and scholarship... Provides a comprehensive picture of Roman urban institutions and society in Spain, as well as a detailed examination of their transformation into the Christian world of the early Middle Ages in a fashion that is at once accessible, informed, and illuminating.
Catholic Historical Review - John Richardson
A valuable and fascinating contribution... which shows us how the history of this period should be written.
Early Medieval Europe - A. H. Merrills
This thought-provoking and stimulating study demands a fundamental reappraisal of some of the long-standing assumptions of social and urban transformation: not only in Spain, but in the western empire as a whole.
Journal of Roman Studies - Gareth Sears
Well-produced and easy to use... Extremely useful.
Classical Review - A. T. Fear
A powerful and important contribution to debates about the nature of the peninsula at this time.
Ancient West and East - José Carlos Saquete
Has the merit of introducing the Anglophone reader reader to the most recent archaeological research from Spain and Portugal, a subject he knows very well.
Choice
Late antiquity is emerging as a field in its own right, and an earlier review... noted three essential works. Kulikowski's is a fourth.
Speculum
This book makes a valuable contribution with its vivid presentation and synthesis of recent Spanish archaeological research.

— Rachel L. Stocking

Choice

Late antiquity is emerging as a field in its own right, and an earlier review... noted three essential works. Kulikowski's is a fourth.

Catholic Historical Review
A valuable and fascinating contribution... which shows us how the history of this period should be written.

— John Richardson

Early Medieval Europe
This thought-provoking and stimulating study demands a fundamental reappraisal of some of the long-standing assumptions of social and urban transformation: not only in Spain, but in the western empire as a whole.

— A. H. Merrills

American Historical Review
Kulikowski's book is one of extraordinary sweep, vision, and scholarship... Provides a comprehensive picture of Roman urban institutions and society in Spain, as well as a detailed examination of their transformation into the Christian world of the early Middle Ages in a fashion that is at once accessible, informed, and illuminating.

— Evan W. Haley

Mediterranean Historical Review
Kulikowski has succeeded in laying the foundations for ever more detailed enquiries about the history of a period which scholars are less and less ready to characterize as 'of limited interest' and 'transitional.'

— Patrick Le Roux

Journal of Roman Studies
Well-produced and easy to use... Extremely useful.

— Gareth Sears

Ancient West and East
Has the merit of introducing the Anglophone reader reader to the most recent archaeological research from Spain and Portugal, a subject he knows very well.

— José Carlos Saquete

Classical Review
A powerful and important contribution to debates about the nature of the peninsula at this time.

— A. T. Fear

Oxbow Book News
A narrative history of Spain from AD 400 to 500, the establishment of a Gothickingdom in the early 6th century and what this meant for the mechanics and institutions of town and city life, complete the work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801879784
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Series: Ancient Society and History
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kulikowski is a professor and head of the Department of History at Pennsylvania State University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The creation of Roman Spain 1
2 Urban institutions in the Principate 17
3 Urban institutions in the third and fourth centuries 39
4 Diocletian and the Spanish fourth century 65
5 Change in the Spanish city 85
6 Town and country 130
7 Imperial crisis and recovery 151
8 The end of Roman Spain 176
9 The aftermath of empire 197
10 The impact of Christianity in the fifth century 215
11 The earlier sixth century and the Goths in Spain 256
12 The new world of the sixth century 287
App. 1 The Epistula Honorii 311
App. 2 Magistrates of late Roman Spain 313
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