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Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine

ISBN-10: 0415239443
ISBN-13: 9780415239448
Edition: 2nd 2001
Authors: Pat Southern
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Description: During the third century, the Roman Empire was in crisis. The growing threat from Germanic tribes and the Persian Empire, combined with internal difficulties, shook Rome to the core. In many respects the Empire should have collapsed, yet it didn't.  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

During the third century, the Roman Empire was in crisis. The growing threat from Germanic tribes and the Persian Empire, combined with internal difficulties, shook Rome to the core. In many respects the Empire should have collapsed, yet it didn't. Pat Southern's elegant narrative synthesizes a wealth of recent scholarship to bring the era to life. She shows that many of the third century leaders, particularly Gallienus, have been underrated. Far from being responsible for the travails faced by the Empire, their efforts towards consolidation enabled it to survive and helped to transform it into the sacrosanct, absolutist regime that emerged under Diocletian and Constantine. This is an exciting work on a too little known, but vitally important chapter, in Rome's history.

Patricia Southern is an authority on the Romans and the author of twelve history books and historical biographies including Ancient Rome: The Rise & Fall of an Empire 753 BC-AD 476 ('A lucid book' CHOICE; 'Clear and witty' OXBOW BOOK NEWS) and Cleopatra ('In the absence of Cleopatra's memoirs, Southern's commendably balanced biography will do very well' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH). She lives in Northumberland.

Introduction and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
The Third Century
Emperors and Usurpers 180-260
Schism and Reunification 260-84
A World Geared for War 284-324
Beyond the Northern Frontiers
Beyond the Eastern Frontiers
The Empire Transformed
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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