Rome That Did Not Fall, The

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The Rome that Did Not Fall provides a well-illustrated, comprehensive narrative and analysis of the Roman empire in the east, charting its remarkable growth and development which resulted in the distinct and enduring civilization of Byzantium. It considers:
* the fourth century background
* the invasions of Attila
* the resources of the east
* the struggle for stability
* the achievements of Anastasius.

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Identifies the factors that allowed the eastern part of the Roman Empire to reconquer much territory and survive for many centuries, though facing the same challenges that extinguished the western part. Traces the evolution of new skills in the east, including diplomatic, military, political, and fiscal, that forged a more centralized state combining the monarchy, bureaucracy, army, and church into a single self-renewing establishment that was more resilient than its rival neighbors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415154031
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Williams is a freelance writer and until recently was Head of Public Relations at English Heritage. Gerard Friell works for English Heritage as Inspector of Ancient Monuments with particular responsiblity for Hadrian's Wall. They are the authors of Theodosius: The Empire at Bay.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Separation 3
1 Crisis and partition 5
2 The fourth-century background 15
3 Fortunes of East and West 20
4 The Western warlords 41
5 A changing state 47
Pt. 2 On the defensive 61
6 The shock of Attila 63
7 Resistance and recovery 78
Pt. 3 The resources 95
8 Military developments, East and West 97
9 Imperial wealth and expenditure 118
10 Centralised power 141
11 The God-protected state 156
Pt. 4 The struggle for stability 171
12 Imperial conflicts 173
13 Eastern chaos, Western extinction 184
Pt. 5 Stability attained 201
14 The achievements of Anastasius 203
15 The survival and renewal of the East 224
App. 1 List of emperors 243
App. 2 The Theodosian dynasty 244
Notes 246
Bibliography 266
Index 275
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