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The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity AD 395-600
The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity AD 395-600 deals with the exciting period commonly known as 'late antiquity' - the fifth and sixth centuries. The Roman empire in the west was splitting into separate Germanic kingdoms, while the Near East, still under Roman rule from Constantinople, maintained a dense population and flourishing urban culture until the Persian and ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 15th 1993 by Routledge (NY/London)
(first published February 9th 1993)
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Since the publishing of Peter Brown’s book, The World of Late Antiquity 1971, the academic world has been in a scramble to update the current study of late Roman history to reflect the concepts first asserted by Brown with regards to what is popularly considered the “Fall of the Roman Empire.” Current textbooks have clearly not caught on with this trend and only give cursory coverage of the the Roman Empire in late antiquity calling an end of the empire in 476 C.E. with the deposition of Romulus ...more
Aug 01, 2018 Ryan Denson rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Averil Cameron’s The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity is an excellent thematic overview of the methodology and major research topics in Late Antiquity. She generally avoids drawing major conclusions on themes like the late Roman economy, urban life, the role of ‘barbarians,’ and Christianization, but powerfully explains many of the research trends and views of previous scholars on such topics. While her interests as a Byzantinist and focus on the east are evident, she does a decent job cove ...more
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
Dec 28, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
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
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.
A nice overview on all the many different factors and elements that played into the transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, including both the events and differences between the western empire and eastern empire and how the Roman Empire changed at different times for each side of the empire. The syntax and language was well written but the book could have been written better as far as chronology.
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
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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