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By Stephen Mitchell

The second one variation of A background of the Later Roman Empire gains huge revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping old survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 to the demise of Heraclius in 641.
- contains a revised narrative of the political historical past that formed the past due Roman Empire
- contains huge adjustments to the chapters on local heritage, in particular these in relation to Asia Minor and Egypt
- deals a renewed assessment of the decline of the empire within the later 6th and 7th centuries
- areas a bigger emphasis at the army deficiencies, cave in of kingdom funds, and function of bubonic plague during the Europe in Rome’s decline
- comprises systematic updates to the bibliography

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5 Again a word of caution is in order: the writers’ PANEGYRICS 19 gaze in these works was always irmly ixed on their saintly heroes, and the background may be blurred and distorted. Panegyrics Another factor that inluences the evidence as a whole is related to the autocratic and authoritarian nature of the late Roman state. We may reasonably suppose that major political and social issues were subject to debate and discussion, as they are in most societies, but open dissent was not encouraged, or even tolerated, by those in power.

Discussions were carried on amid bitter controversy at the highest level by leading bishops and theologians, under the eye of the emperors. The political objective was to establish a uniied Roman state that was co-extensive with a uniied Christian Church. Church politics, therefore, are central to the history of the late Roman Empire. Orthodox CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT 13 Catholic Christianity became the central feature of the political ideology of the empire, and thus the main symbolic identiier of the Roman inhabitants of the empire.

5 Change and Development Since the preponderance of recent studies of late antiquity have been thematically organized, there has been a relative neglect of chronology. But historical change occurred over time and has to be traced sequentially. It is important not to conlate evidence from widely disparate periods. There was an enormous difference between the Roman Empire of the fourth century, which was shaped by the actions of emperors and their oficials who were constantly on the move and actively engaged in warfare, and that of the ifth and sixth centuries, when the rulers and their courts were conined to Constantinople.

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