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Empire of the Romans By John Matthews

Empire of the Romans by John Matthews

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Empire of the Romans: From Julius Caesar to Justinian: Six Hundred Years of Peace and War, Volume I: A History by John Matthews

A wide-ranging survey of the history of the Roman Empire-from its establishment to decline and beyond Empire of the Romans, from Julius Caesar to Justinian provides a sweeping historical survey of the Roman empire. Uncommonly expansive in its chronological scope, this unique two-volume text explores the time period encompassing Julius Caesar's death in 44 BCE to the end of Justinian's reign six centuries later. Internationally-recognized author and scholar of Roman history John Matthews balances broad historical narrative with discussions of important occurrences in their thematic contexts. This integrative approach helps readers learn the timeline of events, understand their significance, and consider their historical sources. Defining the time period in a clear, yet not overly restrictive manner, the text reflects contemporary trends in the study of social, cultural, and literary themes. Chapters examine key points in the development of the Roman Empire, including the establishment of empire under Augustus, Pax Romana and the Antonine Age, the reforms of Diocletian and Constantine, and the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Discussions of the Justinianic Age, the emergence of Byzantium, and the post-Roman West help readers understand the later Roman world and its impact on the subsequent history of Europe. Written to be used as standalone resource or in conjunction with its companion Volume II: Selective Anthology, this innovative textbook: Combines accessible narrative exposition with thorough examination of historical source material Provides well-rounded coverage of Roman economy, society, law, and literary and philosophical culture Offers content taken from the author's respected Roman Empire survey courses at Yale and Oxford University Includes illustrations, maps and plans, and chapter-by-chapter bibliographical essays Empire of the Romans, from Julius Caesar to Justinian is a valuable text for survey courses in Roman history as well as general readers interested in the 600 year time frame of the empire.

About John Matthews

JOHN MATTHEWS is Professor Emeritus of Classics and History, Yale University, USA. He received his PhD from Oxford University in 1969 and taught Greek and Roman history at Oxford for many years before moving to Yale in 1996. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1990. He is author of many books including Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court, A.D. 364-425, The Roman Empire of Ammianus,??Laying Down the Law: A Study of the Theodosian Code, and Roman Perspectives: Studies in the social, political and cultural history of the First to Fifth Centuries. He is also co-author of the acclaimed Atlas of the Roman World.

Table of Contents

Preface List of Figures PART I: BUILDING AN EMPIRE I Introduction: The Roman Republic and its Discontents II The Tragedy of Julius Caesar III Caesar's Heir IV The New Order V Succession, and the Nature of the Imperial Office VI The Julio-Claudian Dynasty: Loyalty and Dissent PART II: PAX ROMANA: A POLITE AND POWERFUL EMPIRE VII Frontiers and Provinces VIII From Flavians to Severi VIIII The Age of the Antonines X Religious Change and Early Christianity PART III: RISING TO THE CHALLENGE XI Into an Age of Iron XII Political Change and the Roman Economy XIII Diocletian and the Tetrarchy PART IV: A NEW EMPIRE XIV The Ascendancy of Constantine XV Cities of Constantine: Constantinople, Rome, Jerusalem XVI The House of Constantine XVII Julian, Hellenism and Christianity XVIII Christianity and Roman Society XVIIII The Late Roman State XX Rome and the Barbarian World PART V: FACING THE FUTURE XXI The Fall of Rome XXII Into a post-Roman World XXIII East and West after the Fall of Rome XXIV Royalty at Ravenna XXV Dialogues with the Past; the Reign of Justinian XXVI Retrospective

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Empire of the Romans: From Julius Caesar to Justinian: Six Hundred Years of Peace and War, Volume I: A History by John Matthews
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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