Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine / Edition 2

Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine / Edition 2

by Patricia Southern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415239435

ISBN-13: 9780415239431

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The third century AD in the Roman Empire began and ended with Emperors who are recognised today as being strong and dynamic - Septimius Severus, Diocletian and Constantine. Yet the intervening years have traditionally been seen as a period of crisis. The 260s saw the nadir of Imperial fortunes, with every frontier threatened or overrun, the senior emperor

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Overview

The third century AD in the Roman Empire began and ended with Emperors who are recognised today as being strong and dynamic - Septimius Severus, Diocletian and Constantine. Yet the intervening years have traditionally been seen as a period of crisis. The 260s saw the nadir of Imperial fortunes, with every frontier threatened or overrun, the senior emperor imprisoned by the Persians, and Gaul and Palmyra breaking away from central control. It might have been thought that the empire should have collapsed - yet it did not.
Pat Southern shows how this was possible by providing a chronological history of the Empire from the end of the second century to the beginning of the fourth; the emergence and devastating activities of the Germanic tribes and the Persian Empire are analysed, and a conclusion details the economic, military and social aspects of the third century 'crisis'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415239431
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1The Thrid Century: The Nature of the Problem
2Emperors and Usurpers: 180-260
3Schism and Reunification: 260-284
4A World Geared for war: 284-324
5Beyond the Northern Frontiers
6Beyond the Eastern Frontiers
7The Empire Transformed
Notes
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

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