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History and Geography in Late Antiquity
The civilized world witnessed massive political, social and religious change from the fifth century to the eighth century. Geographical and historical thought, long rooted to Roman ideologies, had to adopt new perspectives of late antiquity. Taking their lead from Orosius in the early fifth century, Latin historians turned increasingly to geographical description, as well ...more
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published March 31st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 2005)
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May 23, 2015 Charlie rated it really liked it
The curse of the intellectual historian: history I like, geography not so much. Merrills' book treats four histories from the late antique and early medieval periods that share a common literary feature, a dedicated geographical preface to the historical narrative. Merrills really digs down deep on the first text, which served as an inspiration for the other three, Orosius' Seven Books of Histories against the Pagans. I found the treatment of Orosius quite illuminating. I likewise welcomed Merri ...more