This book is about the reinvention of the Roman Empire during the eighty years between the accession of Diocletian and the death of Julian. How had it changed? The emperors were still warriors and expected to take the field. Rome was still the capital, at least symbolically. There was still a Roman senate, though with new rules brought in by Constantine. There were still provincial governors, but more now and with fewer duties in smaller areas; and military command was increasingly separated from civil jurisdiction and administration. The neighbours in Persia, Germania and on the Danube were more assertive and better organised, which had a knock-on effect on Roman institutions. The achievement of Diocletian and his successors down to Julian was to create a viable apparatus of control which allowed a large and at times unstable area to be policed, defended and exploited. The book offers a different perspective on the development often taken to be the distinctive feature of these years, namely the rise of Christianity. Imperial endorsement and patronage of the Christian god and the expanded social role of the Church are a significant prelude to the Byzantine state. The author argues that the reigns of the Christian-supporting Constantine and his sons were a foretaste of what was to come, but not a complete or coherent statement of how Church and State were to react with each other.
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Jill Harries is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews.
This elegant and exciting book offers a fresh approach to understanding "early" late Antiquity. The breadth of vision is impressive. Jill Harries' triumph is to place Constantine and his promotion of Christianity in the context of a fully-rounded history of the Roman Empire from Diocletian to Julian. -- Dr Christopher Kelly, University of Cambridge
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Descrizione libro Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 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. Codice libro della libreria 000650
Descrizione libro Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110748620524
Descrizione libro EUP, 2012. Hardback. Condizione libro: NEW. 9780748620524 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Codice libro della libreria HTANDREE0140838
Descrizione libro Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0748620524
Descrizione libro Edinburgh Univ Pr, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 1st edition. 384 pages. 9.50x6.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 0748620524