The Historians of Late Antiquity

The Historians of Late Antiquity


By (author) David Rohrbacher


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 246mm x 24mm | 513g
  • Publication date: 13 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415204585
  • ISBN 13: 9780415204583
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The fourth and fifth centuries AD were an era of religious conflict, political change and military conflict. The responses of contemporary historians to these turbulent times reflect their diverse backgrounds - Christian and pagan, writing in both Greek and Latin, documenting church and state. This volume is the first to offer an accessible survey of the lives and works of these varied figures. The first half of the book explores the structure, style, purpose and nature of their writings. The second half compares and contrasts the information the historians provide, and the views they express on some central topics. These range from historiography, government and religion to barbarian invasions, and the controversial emperors Julian 'The Apostate' and Theodosius.

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'This useful and well-executed volume will be an aid for those teaching on the late Roman empire, and for researchers of earlier Roman or medieval history.' - Scholia Reviews 'A carefully researched and very accessible work of scholarship.' - Arctos

Table of contents

1. Ammianus Marcellinus 2. Aurelius Victor 3. Eutropius 4. Festus 5. Eunapius 6. Olympiodorus 7. Priscus 8. Rufinus 9. Socrates 10. Sozomen 11. Theodoret 12. Orosius 13. Historiography 14. Government 15. The Roman Past 16. Religion 17. Barbarians 18. The Emperor Julian (The Apostate) 19. The Emperor Theodosius (The Great)