The Decline and Fall of the Roman City

Paperback | January 1, 2003

byJ. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz

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This book discusses the changes which occurred in the cities of the Roman world in the period AD 400- 750. The cities of the Middle Ages, both in the East and Western parts of the old Roman Empire, differed from classical cities in fundamental ways. Professor Liebeschuetz concludes that thissuggests a decline and fall in the Roman cities. At the centre of this book is an account of the decline of cities as political organizations: the replacement of government in accordance with constitutional rules by a looser and much more informal kind of oligarchical control which was paralleled bythe rise of the bishop. Professor Liebeschuetz argues that among the factors that transformed and undermined the Roman city the most conspicuous were related to the state of the Empire, economic developments which were consequences of the breaking up of the imperial structure, as well as more localized regionalcircumstances. The decline and fall of the Roman city was accompanied by very great changes in life style which can be summarized as simplification and localization. Further he concludes that Christianity by teaching people to despise the things of this world helped them to come to terms with thedeterioration of their worldly circumstances.

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This book discusses the changes which occurred in the cities of the Roman world in the period AD 400- 750. The cities of the Middle Ages, both in the East and Western parts of the old Roman Empire, differed from classical cities in fundamental ways. Professor Liebeschuetz concludes that thissuggests a decline and fall in the Roman cit...

J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz is Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Nottingham

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199261091

ISBN - 13:9780199261093

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart i. The End of Classical Urban Politics2. The Survival of the Cities3. Post-curial Civic Government4. The Rise of the Bishop5. Civic Finance in the Late Roman Cities of the East6. Shows and Factionspart II. A Society Transformed7. Transformation of Greek Literary Culture under the Influence of Christianity8. Conflict and Disorder in the East9. Decline and th Beginnings of Renewal in hte East, including the Eastern Balkans10. The Transformation of Literary Culture in the West under the Influence of Christianity11. The Decline of Classical Citizenship and the Rise of Ethnic Solidarity in the West12. Decline and the Beginnings of Renewal in the West13. Summary and Conclusions

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`Review from previous edition This incisive study examines the Empire's decline from the ground up and gives new perspectives and understanding to one of the greatest changes in European and Middle Eastern history.'Contemporary Review