The appearance in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones’ The Later Roman Empire 284–602: A Social, Economic, and Administrative Survey transformed the study of the Late Antique world. In this volume a number of leading scholars reassess the impact of Jones’ great work, the influences that shaped his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones’ historical method, his fundamental knowledge of Late Roman political, social, economic and religious structures, and his famous assessment of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined here in the light of modern research. This volume offers a valuable aid to academics and students alike who seek to better understand and exploit the priceless resource that is the Later Roman Empire.Contributors are Averil Cameron, Peter Garnsey, David Gwynn, Peter Heather, Caroline Humfress, Luke Lavan, Wolfgang Liebeschuetz, Stefan Rebenich, Alexander Sarantis, Roger Tomlin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Michael Whitby.
About the Author
David M. Gwynn (DPhil Oxford 2003) is Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His doctoral thesis was recently published as The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the “Arian Controversy” (Oxford 2007).
Table of Contents
PrefaceList of AbbreviationsList of ContributorsSection I: The Man and the Historian1. Alexander Sarantis, Arnold Hugh Martin Jones (1904-1970)2. Peter Garnsey, Writing the Late Roman Empire: Method and Sources3. Stefan Rebenich, Jones and Continental ScholarshipSection II: The Later Roman Empire4. Michael Whitby, The Role of the Emperor5. Peter Heather, Running the Empire: Bureaucrats, Curials and Senators6. Caroline Humfress, Law and Justice in the Later Roman Empire7. Roger Tomlin, A.H.M. Jones and the Army of the Fourth Century8. Luke Lavan, A.H.M. Jones and “The Cities”: 1964-2004 9. Bryan Ward-Perkins, Jones and the Late Roman Economy10. David Gwynn, Idle Mouths and Solar Haloes – Jones and the Conversion of Europe11. Averil Cameron, A.H.M. Jones and the End of the Ancient WorldWolfgang Liebeschuetz, Afterword: A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire Appendix: The Writings of A.H.M. Jones 545Index