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The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: Ad 395-600 (Routledge History of the Ancient World)

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The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity, and a direct challenge to the conventional views of the end of the empire.

A world expert on the subject, Averil Cameron focuses on the changes and continuities in Mediterranean society as a whole before the Arab conquests of the seventh century.

With modern, in-depth archaeolo
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ebook, 270 pages
Published November 15th 1993 by Routledge (first published February 9th 1993)
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Timothy Stead
This really should be called The 'Eastern' Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity as that is almost solely where it's focus lies (the West is barely covered). Though now a little long in the tooth, this is still a very solid introduction to the debates and issues surrounding cultural and economic history during this period. The strengths of this book are in its account of Justinian's reign and conquests (and especially their long term consequences) and its assessment of the state of the Byzantine ...more
Mary
This is a university-level introduction focused primarily on the remains of the eastern Roman Empire and its interactions with North Africa and the Middle East. There is only a little about Italy and less about lands further west. It seems to do a good job of introducing various theories people might encounter in further study. Also, the author points out the difficulties of sorting out bias in the old texts and of interpreting archaeological evidence. I found it fairly easy to read, though occa ...more
Liam
Sep 30, 2013 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This represents a terrific overview of a complex subject. The interplay of pagans, Christians, Jews and than Muslims and Arabs is remarkable. It seemed the world of the late antique period was constantly at war. Another major mark is the defining of religious belief and who and what is the divine.
Erik Graff
May 07, 2010 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ancient historians
Recommended to Erik by: Martin Miller
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This is indeed an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the late Roman Empire, its transition from West to East, its Christianization, its temporary resurgence and its collapse.
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Dame Averil Millicent Cameron, Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at the University of Oxford.
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