Late Roman Spain and Its Cities

Late Roman Spain and Its Cities

by Michael Kulikowski
     
 

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Honorable Mention, Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards in Classics and Archeology

The history of Spain in late antiquity offers important insights into the dissolution of the western Roman empire and the emergence of medieval Europe. Nonetheless, scholarship on Spain in this period has lagged behind that on

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Honorable Mention, Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards in Classics and Archeology

The history of Spain in late antiquity offers important insights into the dissolution of the western Roman empire and the emergence of medieval Europe. Nonetheless, scholarship on Spain in this period has lagged behind that on other Roman provinces. Michael Kulikowski draws on the most recent archaeological and literary evidence to integrate late antique Spain into the broader history of the Roman empire, providing a definitive narrative and analytical account of the Iberian peninsula from AD 300 to 600.

"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."— American Historical Review

"This book makes a valuable contribution with its vivid presentation and synthesis of recent Spanish archaeological research."— Speculum

"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."— Early Medieval Europe

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

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

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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.

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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.

Speculum
This book makes a valuable contribution with its vivid presentation and synthesis of recent Spanish archaeological research.

— Rachel L. Stocking

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801899492
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/29/2010
Series:
Ancient Society and History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
510
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Ralph Mathisen

This book will result in a significant re-evaluation of the way we view late and post-Roman Spain.

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