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The Roman Empire at Bay: AD 180-395 (Routledge History of the Ancient World)

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David S. Potter's comprehensive survey of two critical and eventful centuries traces the course of imperial decline, skillfully weaving together cultural, intellectual and political history.

Particular attention is paid throughout to the structures of government, the rise of Persia as a rival, and the diverse intellectual movements in the empire. There is also a strong focu
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Hardcover, 784 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Routledge (first published April 22nd 2004)
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Jared Saltz
Feb 07, 2016 Jared Saltz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Potter's treatment of this oft-neglected portion of Roman history is magesterial: his arguments are cogent and concise (hard, though, as that is to believe considering the length of this tome!), particularly in the realm of economic history, and his interaction with previous scholarship is both informed and selective. His strengths are largely historiographical and economic, such as when he discusses the coinage "crisis." The through line of his narrative seeks to trace the development of a bure ...more
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Dec 28, 2007 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The crowning achievement of a long career as a classicist, Potter's work is an exhaustive treatment of the crisis of the third century, the recovery under Diocletian and his successors, and the beginning of the final decline of Rome at the end of the fourth century. Unlike some classicists, Potter is also unafraid to offer an analytical explanatory model for the changes he catalogs. Obviously inspired by a Weberian understanding of the state, as well as recent work on Roman culture and identity, ...more
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