The Second Edition of A History of the Later Roman Empire features extensive revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping historical survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 to the death of Heraclius in 641. * Features a revised narrative of the political history that shaped the late Roman Empire * Includes extensive changes to the chapters on regional history, especially those relating to Asia Minor and Egypt * Offers a renewed evaluation of the decline of the empire in the later sixth and seventh centuries * Places a larger emphasis on the military deficiencies, collapse of state finances, and role of bubonic plague throughout the Europe in Rome s decline * Includes systematic updates to the bibliography
Stephen Mitchell is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also the author of Anatolia. Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor (1993), Cremna in Pisidia (1996), and Pisidian Antoch (1998).
List of Illustrations viii List of Maps x List of Diagrams xi List of Abbreviations xii Preface to the First Edition xv Preface to the Second Edition xviii 1 An Introduction to Late Roman History 1 2 The Nature of the Evidence 15 3 The Roman Empire from Diocletian to Alaric 51 4 The Roman Empire of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries 108 5 The Roman State 165 6 The Barbarian Kingdoms 206 7 From Pagan to Christian 242 8 Conversion to Christianity and the Politics of Religious Identity 277 9 The Political Economy of the Later Roman Empire 325 10 Society and Economy in the Mediterranean and the Near East 355 11 The Challenges of the Later Sixth Century 408 12 The Final Reckoning of the Eastern Empire 441 13 The Fall of the Roman Empire 466 Bibliography 497 Chronological List of Emperors and Other Rulers 522 Index 524