Imperial Rome AD 284 to 363: The New Empire (The Edinburgh History of Ancient Rome)

Imperial Rome AD 284 to 363: The New Empire (The Edinburgh History of Ancient Rome)

By: Jill Harries (author)Hardback

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A distinct perspective on the momentous religious change in the region Diocletian (284-305) and his principal successor, Constantine (306-337), would rule the Roman world for over half a century and Constantine's sons would build on their legacy. Administrative reform encouraged the rise of a bureaucratic culture, provincial government was reshaped and became more hierarchical and the court became more structured. The period was also one of momentous religious change. With Constantine's adoption of Christianity as the favoured recipient of imperial patronage, the religious landscape would, over time, be radically reshaped. Jill Harries combines the administrative reform and religious change with accounts of war, women and imperial cities to offer a new and revealing view of the region. Key features: " Focuses on the Emperor Constantine as a major figure and offers a context to his achievement " Addresses the role of imperial women, often ignored for this period " Studies the control of empires and how rulers fashion their claims to legitimacy Keywords: Roman history; Late Antiquity; Later Roman Empire; History of Christianity; Diocletian; Constantine; Emperor Julian.

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Jill Harries is Professor of Ancient History and head of school at the University of St Andrews. Her books include Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome (Oxford University Press, 1994) and Law and Empire in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press 1999, paperback 2001).


Maps and illustrations; Preface; Abbreviations; Chapter 1, The Long Third Century; Chapter 2, Four lords of the world, AD 284-311; Chapter 3, The Empire renewed; Chapter 4, The Return of the Old Gods; Chapter 5, The victory of Constantine; Chapter 6, Towards the sunrise: Constantine Augustus; Chapter 7, Constructing the Christian emperor; Chapter 8, The sons of Constantine; Chapter 9, Warfare and Imperial Security AD 337-361; Chapter 10, Church and Empire; Chapter 11, Images of women; Chapter 12, Rome and Antioch; Chapter 13, Julian Augustus; Chapter 14, The funeral director; Chronology; Guide to Further Reading; Bibliography of Modern Works Cited; Index.

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  • publication date: 06/03/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780748620524
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780748620524
  • weight: 771
  • ISBN10: 0748620524

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