By Stephen Mitchell

The second one variation of A heritage of the Later Roman Empire good points large revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping old survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 to the loss of life of Heraclius in 641.
- includes a revised narrative of the political background that formed the overdue Roman Empire
- comprises large alterations to the chapters on neighborhood heritage, specifically these when it comes to Asia Minor and Egypt
- deals a renewed overview of the decline of the empire within the later 6th and 7th centuries
- locations a bigger emphasis at the army deficiencies, cave in of country funds, and function of bubonic plague in the course of the Europe in Rome’s decline
- contains systematic updates to the bibliography

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The sweep and dynamism of the narrative are conveyed in colorful, pointed prose, and laced with acerbic judgments. Most important of all is that the huge canvas is crammed with detail. 9). One other Latin history survives from this period, the History Against the Pagans, which was completed in 417 by the Spanish priest Orosius (see p. 34). We are less well served for the ifth than for the fourth century. An important sequence of Greek writers took up the challenge of writing large-scale histories of the Roman Empire.

Late antiquity also witnessed the birth of an entirely new historical genre, Church history. This was created by Eusebius, whose history of the Church up to Constantine was continued and emulated by four works of the mid-ifth century, the histories of Socrates, Sozomen, Theodoret, and the Arian Philostorgius, and by the sixth-century writers, Evagrius, John of Ephesus, and Ps-Zachariah of Mytilene. The work of these igures taken collectively underpins serious history of the later Roman Empire. It contributes only marginally to studies in the modern fashion of late antiquity.

Religion, barbarians and their historiography (London, 2006), ch. XV. 2 See Alexander Murray, “Peter Brown and the shadow of Constantine,” JRS 73 (1983), 191–203. 3 P. Heather, The Fall of the Roman Empire (Oxford, 2005); B. Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (Oxford, 2005). 4 R. Hodges and D. Whitehouse, Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe (London, 1983) for an early reappraisal of the archaeology; C. Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages (Oxford, 2005), 700–8 and 800–1, and The Inheritance of Rome (London, 2009), 223–4 for a structural critique.

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