By David Gwynn
The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, fiscal, and Administrative Survey" reworked the examine of the overdue old global. during this quantity a few major students re-evaluate the effect of Jones' nice paintings, the impacts that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' ancient technique, his basic wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, fiscal and spiritual buildings, and his recognized review of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined the following within the gentle of recent examine. This quantity bargains a precious reduction to lecturers and scholars alike who search to raised comprehend and take advantage of the worthwhile source that's the Later Roman Empire. participants comprise Averil Cameron, Peter Garnsey, David Gwynn, Peter Heather, Caroline Humfress, Luke Lavan, Wolfgang Liebeschuetz, Stefan Rebenich, Alexander Sarantis, Roger Tomlin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Michael Whitby.
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D. 42 In his piece on Rostovtzeff, Jones exalted the Russian’s powers of synthesis and imagination, and his courage Fraser (2004) 1. Crawford (2004) 1. 41 “Review of Stein” (1953/4) 359: “If the reviewer has said little of the complex ecclesiastical negotiations and nothing of military history, it is because Stein’s treatment is so satisfying. The brilliant character sketches of Anastasius, Justinian, Theodora, John the Cappadocian and other leading figures of the age also deserve the highest praise.
62 Ultimately, Jones’ ability to detach himself from the academic and non-academic contexts within which he worked had a far greater bearing on his work than any of the influences postulated above, and is what he would have wanted to be remembered for. 64 Jones’ single-minded analysis of the sources would explain why, although dated in certain respects, the Later Roman Empire still stands today as an essential work on Late Roman history. Had Jones paid closer attention to the writings of contemporaries, concocted grandiose theories based on modern approaches, or stuck closely to a Brunt (2004) 1; Liebeschuetz (1992) 6.
The papers on Stein and Rostovtzeff furnish valuable, direct evidence of Jones’ own attitudes to history-writing at a formative stage. In them we catch a glimpse of his aims and vision for his own Late Roman Empire project, and his views as to what makes a historian great. 2. Aims and Vision Looking at Jones’ discussions of Rostovtzeff and Stein from our vantage point as readers of the Later Roman Empire (published more than a decade later), we can see that he was already measuring himself against his predecessors; we can see him resolving to follow their lead, or alternatively to divert from their practice, and acknowledging in advance his own deficiencies where appropriate.
A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages) by David Gwynn