Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 24, 2011

byGillian Clark

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Late antiquity: decline or transformation, conflict or interaction?Late antiquity is the period (c.300 - c.800) in which barbarian invasions ended Roman Empire in Western Europe by the fifth century and Arab invasions ended Roman rule over the eastern and southern Mediterranean coasts by the seventh century. Asking 'what, where, and when' Gillian Clark presents an introduction to the concept of late antiquity and the events of its time. Not only a period of cultural clashes, political restructurings, and geographical controversies, Clark also demonstrates the sheer richness and diversity of religiouslife as well as the significant changes to trade, economy, archaeology, and towns. Encapsulating significant developments through vignettes, she reflects upon the period by asking the question 'How much can we recognise in the world of late antiquity?'

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Late antiquity: decline or transformation, conflict or interaction?Late antiquity is the period (c.300 - c.800) in which barbarian invasions ended Roman Empire in Western Europe by the fifth century and Arab invasions ended Roman rule over the eastern and southern Mediterranean coasts by the seventh century. Asking 'what, where, and wh...

Gillian Clark was a student and then Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. In 2000 she was appointed as the first Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She co-edits the OUP series Oxford Early Christian Studies and Oxford Early Christian Texts. She is also on the editorial committee of the Journal of Roma...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. What and when is late antiquity?2. Running the Empire3. Law and welfare4. Religion5. What shall we do to be saved?6. Barbarism7. Bronze elephants: classical and Christian culture8. Decisive change?Chronology