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By David Gwynn

The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, fiscal, and Administrative Survey" reworked the examine of the overdue vintage global. during this quantity a few prime students reconsider the effect of Jones' nice paintings, the affects that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' ancient strategy, his primary wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, fiscal and spiritual buildings, and his recognized evaluation of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined right here within the gentle of recent study. This quantity deals a important reduction to lecturers and scholars alike who search to higher comprehend and make the most the worthy source that's the Later Roman Empire. participants contain 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.

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In ecclesiastical affairs, for instance, a very full account is given of the doctrinal controversies of the age, since they gave rise to events. But such topics as the development of monasticism, or the growing wealth of the church and the consequent evolution of corrupt and simoniacal practices are, because they did not give rise to correspondence and councils, completely ignored. Again, administrative changes which were carried out by enactments are fully discussed, but those which came about by custom are often omitted.

And he apologises (if in a rather laboured way) to those scholars who might have felt neglected. 21 Scheidel (1997) 288. writing the late roman empire: method and sources 37 The second layer of deception lies in the fact that he had in fact read rather more deeply into the secondary literature than he wanted to admit. 22 One of his earlier books, the extraordinary work of synthesis which is The Greek City from Alexander to Justinian, contains substantial sections on late antiquity, and it was published in 1940.

He also had an extremely good grasp of the intricacies of Christian doctrine. 62 Ultimately, Jones’ ability to detach himself from the academic and non-academic contexts within which he worked had a far greater bearing on his work than any of the influences postulated above, and is what he would have wanted to be remembered for. 64 Jones’ single-minded analysis of the sources would explain why, although dated in certain respects, the Later Roman Empire still stands today as an essential work on Late Roman history.

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