The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - History - 187 pages

In the 250 years between 250 and 500 C.E., Rome found itself transformed from a mighty global empire into a limited collection of Germanic kingdoms. The aspiration exhibited in these kingdoms (as well as in Constantinople and later in the person of Charlemagne) to recreate and reclaim the glory of the Roman Empire persists to this day, and an examination of this time is critical to anyone interested in politics or history. James Ermatinger's multifaceted account allows the reader a unique opportunity to view through various lenses the many and complex elements that contributed to the demise of this once-vast empire, investigating, among other things: the general religious and political issues of the age, the cultural and economic climate, the nature of the imperial household, and the role of the Germanic invaders. In so doing, he paints a vivid picture of a dying dream. This volume is ideal for use in the classroom, as well as for use in school and public libraries.

Designed as an accessible introduction to this critical period, The Decline and Fall of Rome offers readers and researchers an appealing mix of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated primary documents. An overview of the period is presented in the introduction, and is followed by chapters on late Roman culture, society, and economics in late antiquity; religious conflicts in Christian Rome; enemies of Rome; and why and when Rome fell. The narrative chapters conclude with a section placing Rome's fall in modern perspective. An annotated bibliography and index are included.

 

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Contents

Late Roman Culture 250500 CE
1
Society and Economics in Late Antiquity
15
Religious Conflict i Christian Rome
27
Enemies of Rome
41
Why and When Rome Fell
55
Conclusion
67
Principal Individuals in Late Rome
75
Primary Documents Illustrating Late Rome
107
Glossary of Selected Terms
159
Notes
165
Annotated Bibliography
167
Index
183
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About the author (2004)

James W. Ermatinger, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University. He is the author of Economic Reforms of Diocletian (1996), as well as other articles on late Roman history.

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