War in Late Antiquity

War in Late Antiquity : A Social History

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The first book to focus on the social impact of warfare and the Roman army in Late Antiquity. * Explores the implications of war and the army in a broad range of areas encompassing politics, the economy, and social life * Pays particular attention to the experience of war from the perspective of non-combatants * Investigates the religious dimension of military life and the role of the army in implementing religious policy * Approaches familiar subjects from new perspectives, offering novel insights into the many facets of late Roman history

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 24mm | 480.81g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0631229264
  • 9780631229261
  • 983,898

About A. D. Lee

A. D. Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham, and the author of Information and Frontiers: Late Roman Foreign Relations (1993), and Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook (2000).

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"War in Late Antiquity" is the first book to focus on the social impact of warfare and the Roman army from the third to the early seventh century AD. Drawing on the rich and varied source materials for the period, Doug Lee investigates how the prominence of the army and of military affairs in Late Antiquity affected the broader political, economic, and social life of the Roman Empire. From the third century onwards, the Roman Empire was exposed to much more serious military threats than it had faced for centuries. This social history explores the implications of these changed circumstances for all aspects of Roman life, and assesses the experience of war by both combatants and non-combatants. Lee also examines the interplay between the military and the religious upheavals of the period, with special reference to the Christianisation of the Roman army and its role in implementing religious policy. Approaching familiar subjects from new perspectives, "War in Late Antiquity" offers novel insights into many facets of late Roman history.

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"War in Late Antiquity is well informed, gives an excellent idea of what the sources are for the subject and treats many technical issues in a balanced and intelligent way. This is a book that anyone can read with profit." David S. Potter, University of Michigan "Lee provides an authoritative and clear account of the social, economic and cultural structures which underpinned the army in the late Roman state, backed by an impressive range of evidence. The Roman empire may have fallen apart, but not without a long struggle and Lee well explains how its armies now fought under the protection of Christianity, that most militant of ancient religions, to preserve the state and its civilised elite." Michael Whitby, University of Warwick "A very useful contribution to the study of Roman military ... precise organization and ample references will make it easy to return to the book again and again." Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Lee provides a detailed analysis ... .An excellent scholar, [he] cleverly exploits the ancient historians ... .His writing style is lucid ... .Recommended." Choice

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Table of contents

List of Figures. List of Maps. List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgments. Selected Roman Emperors during Late Antiquity. Selected Persian Kings during Late Antiquity. Table of Significant Events. Glossary. List of Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. War and its Causes in Late Antiquity: An Overview. 2. The Evolution of the Late Roman Army: An Outline. 3. Ancient Sources for War and the Army in Late Antiquity: A Guide. 1. Emperors and Warfare. 1.1. Changing Patterns of Imperial Involvement in Warfare. 1.2. The Unchanging Ideology of Victory. 2. Military Loyalties and Civil War. 2.1. Retaining Soldiers' Loyalties. 2.2. Civil War and Military Unrest. 3. The Infrastructure of War. 3.1. Manpower. 3.2. Supplying the Army. 3.3. Fortifications. 4. The Economic Impact of War. 4.1. Economic Benefits of War. 4.2. Economic Costs of War. 5. The Experience of War. 5.1. Soldiers. 5.2. Urban Communities. 5.3. Rural Communities. 5.4. Women. 6. Soldiers and Society. 6.1. Soldiers and their Families. 6.2. Interaction between Military and Non-Military Elites. 6.3. Military-Civilian Interaction at Non-Elite Levels. 7. Army, Warfare, and Religion. 7.1. The Changing Religious Complexion of the Army. 7.2 The Army and Religious Policy. 7.3. A Christian Empire at War. Notes. Bibliography of Ancient Sources. Bibliography of Modern Works. Index of Ancient Sources. General Index

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