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    Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D. (The Transformation of the Classical Heritage) (Hardback) By (author) Noel Lenski

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    Description"Failure of Empire" is the first comprehensive biography of the Roman emperor Valens and his troubled reign (A.D. 364-78). Valens will always be remembered for his spectacular defeat and death at the hands of the Goths in the Battle of Adrianople. This singular misfortune won him a front-row seat among history's great losers. By the time he was killed, his empire had been coming unglued for several years: the Goths had overrun the Balkans; Persians, Isaurians, and Saracens were threatening the east; the economy was in disarray; and, pagans and Christians alike had been exiled, tortured, and executed in his religious persecutions. Valens had not, however, entirely failed in his job as emperor. He was an admirable administrator, a committed defender of the frontiers, and a ruler who showed remarkable sympathy for the needs of his subjects. In lively style and rich detail, Lenski incorporates a broad range of new material, from archaeology to Gothic and Armenian sources, in a study that illuminates the social, cultural, religious, economic, administrative, and military complexities of Valens' realm. "Failure of Empire" offers a nuanced reconsideration of Valens the man and shows both how he applied his strengths to meet the expectations of his world and how he ultimately failed in his efforts to match limited capacities to limitless demands.


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    Title
    Failure of Empire
    Subtitle
    Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century A.D.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Noel Lenski
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 470
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520233324
    ISBN 10: 0520233328
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, BIO000000, HIS042000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
    DC21: 937.08092
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    DC22: 949.59013
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    LC classification: 2002009716
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
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    LC classification: DF559 .L46 2002
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    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    21 b/w photographs, 1 line illustration, 5 maps
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    03 March 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Noel Lenski is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Abbreviations Maps Introduction Chapter 1. The Pannonian Emperors Chapter 2. The Revolt of Procopius Chapter 3. Valen's First Gothic War Chapter 4. Valens and the Eastern Frontier Chapter 5. Religion under the Valentiniani Chapter 6. Administration and Finance under Valentinian and Valens Chapter 7. The Disaster at Adrianople Epilogue Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Bibliography Index