The Cambridge Ancient History: Volume 12, the Crisis of Empire, AD 193-337

The Cambridge Ancient History: Volume 12, the Crisis of Empire, AD 193-337

Edited by Alan Bowman , Edited by Averil Cameron , Edited by Peter Garnsey , Edited by F.E. Adcock , Edited by M.P. Charlesworth , Edited by John Matthews

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This volume covers the history of the Roman Empire from the accession of Septimius Severus in AD 193 to the death of Constantine in AD 337. This period was one of the most critical in the history of the Mediterranean world. It begins with the establishment of the Severan dynasty as a result of civil war. From AD 235 this period of relative stability was followed by half a century of short reigns of short-lived emperors and a number of military attacks on the eastern and northern frontiers of the empire. This was followed by the First Tetrarchy (AD 284-305), a period of collegial rule in which Diocletian, with his colleague Maximian and two junior Caesars (Constantius and Galerius), restabilised the empire. The period ends with the reign of the first Christian emperor, Constantine, who defeated Licinius and established a dynasty which lasted for thirty-five years.

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  • Hardback | 983 pages
  • 176 x 250 x 32mm | 999.98g
  • 20 Dec 2005
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 12 b/w illus. 9 maps 3 tables
  • 0521301998
  • 9780521301992
  • 818,554

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Alan Bowman is Camden Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is author of Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier (2nd edition) (Routledge, 1998) and The Cambridge Ancient History Volume XI (editor) (0521263352). Averil Cameron is Warden of Keble College, Oxford. Her published works include The Later Roman Empire: AD 284-430 (Harvard University Press, 1993) and The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity (Routledge, 1993). Peter Garnsey is Professor of the History of Classical Antiquity at the University of Cambridge. His previous publications include Food and Society in Classical Antiquity (0521641829) and The Evolution of the Late Antique World (with Caroline Humfress) (Orchard Academic, 2001).

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"This series is a basic 'must' for all public and private libraries, in the community or in universities. It will be the standard general work for serious academic students and scholars for the next generation." --Religious Studies Review "This volume, as with the rest of the set, will provide a historiographical reference for the next half century thereby justifying the cost. Both the volume and the larger set are recommended for academic, college and research libraies." --American Reference Books Annual "This work is an excellent reference work for professional scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates." - Michael DiMaio, Jr. Salve Regina University

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