The Roman Empire at Bay: AD 180-395

The Roman Empire at Bay AD David S Potter s comprehensive survey of two critical and eventful centuries traces the course of imperial decline skillfully weaving together cultural intellectual and political history Particular

  • Title: The Roman Empire at Bay: AD 180-395
  • Author: David Stone Potter
  • ISBN: 9780415100588
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • David S Potter s comprehensive survey of two critical and eventful centuries traces the course of imperial decline, skillfully weaving together cultural, intellectual and political history.Particular attention is paid throughout to the structures of government, the rise of Persia as a rival, and the diverse intellectual movements in the empire There is also a strong focuDavid S Potter s comprehensive survey of two critical and eventful centuries traces the course of imperial decline, skillfully weaving together cultural, intellectual and political history.Particular attention is paid throughout to the structures of government, the rise of Persia as a rival, and the diverse intellectual movements in the empire There is also a strong focus on Christianity, transformed in this period from a fringe sect to the leading religion.Against this detailed background, Potter argues that the loss of power can mainly be attributed to the failure in the imperial elite to respond to changes inside and outside the empire, and to internal struggles for control between different elements in the government, resulting in an inefficient centralization of power at court.A striking achievement of historical synthesis combined with a compelling interpretative line, The Roman Empire at Bay enables students of all periods to understand the dynamics of great imperial powers.

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    1. Potter's treatment of this oft-neglected portion of Roman history is magesterial: his arguments are cogent and concise (hard, though, as that is to believe considering the length of this tome!), particularly in the realm of economic history, and his interaction with previous scholarship is both informed and selective. His strengths are largely historiographical and economic, such as when he discusses the coinage "crisis." The through line of his narrative seeks to trace the development of a bure [...]

    2. The crowning achievement of a long career as a classicist, Potter's work is an exhaustive treatment of the crisis of the third century, the recovery under Diocletian and his successors, and the beginning of the final decline of Rome at the end of the fourth century. Unlike some classicists, Potter is also unafraid to offer an analytical explanatory model for the changes he catalogs. Obviously inspired by a Weberian understanding of the state, as well as recent work on Roman culture and identity, [...]

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