Fifty Years of Prosopography: The Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Beyond

Hardcover | August 6, 2003

EditorAveril Cameron

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This book presents the first interdisciplinary discussion by leading international historians of the important methodological tool known as prosopography - the collection of all known information about individuals within a given period. With the advent of computer technology it is now possibleto gather and store such information in increasingly sophisticated and searchable databases, which can bring a new dimension to traditional historical research. The book surveys the transition in prosopographical research from more traditional methods to the new technology, and discusses the centralrole of the British Academy, as well as that of French, German and Austrian academic institutions, in developing prosopographical research on the Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and now Anglo-Saxon and other periods. The contributions discuss both national histories of the discipline and its potentialfor future research. The book demonstrates mutual benefits and complementarity in such studies between the use of new technology and the highest standards of traditional scholarship, and in doing so it sets forth new perspectives and methodologies for future work.

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This book presents the first interdisciplinary discussion by leading international historians of the important methodological tool known as prosopography - the collection of all known information about individuals within a given period. With the advent of computer technology it is now possibleto gather and store such information in inc...

Averil Cameron is at Warden, Keble College Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:August 6, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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J.R. Martindale: The Prosopograhy of the Later Roman Empire, Volume l: The Era of A.H.M. JonesWerner Eck: The Prosopographia Imperii Romani and Prosopographical MethodRalph Mathisen: The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire (PLRE): Yesterday, Today and TomorrowPaul Magdalino: The Contribution of Prosopography: the Byzantium Empire, or Why Prosopography? A Question of IdentityThomas Pratsch: Exploring the Jungle: Hagiographical Literature Between Fact and FictionJean-Michael Carrie: The Contribution of Papyri to the Prosopography of the Ancient World: Evaluation and ProspectsWerner Seibt: Seals and the Prosopography of the Byzantine EmpireWolfram Brandes: Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Seventh Century: Prosopographical Observations on MonotheletismEvangelos Chrysos: Romans and ForeignersJean-Claude Cheynet: Official Power and Non-Official PowerJanet J. Nelson, David A.E. Pelteret, Harold Short: Medieval Prosopography and the Prosopography pf Anglo-Saxon England