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By David Gwynn

The looks in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones' "The Later Roman Empire 284-602: A Social, financial, and Administrative Survey" reworked the learn of the past due old global. during this quantity a few prime students re-evaluate the impression of Jones' nice paintings, the impacts that formed his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones' old procedure, his basic wisdom of overdue Roman political, social, fiscal and non secular constructions, and his well-known evaluation of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined right here within the mild of recent study. This quantity deals a worthy relief to lecturers and scholars alike who search to higher comprehend and take advantage of the useful source that's the Later Roman Empire. members comprise Averil Cameron, Peter Garnsey, David Gwynn, Peter Heather, Caroline Humfress, Luke Lavan, Wolfgang Liebeschuetz, Stefan Rebenich, Alexander Sarantis, Roger Tomlin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Michael Whitby.

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He says of some of the primary sources, and not of the scholarly literature, that it was mostly chaff, with only a few grains of wheat to be gleaned. And he apologises (if in a rather laboured way) to those scholars who might have felt neglected. 21 Scheidel (1997) 288. writing the late roman empire: method and sources 37 The second layer of deception lies in the fact that he had in fact read rather more deeply into the secondary literature than he wanted to admit. 22 One of his earlier books, the extraordinary work of synthesis which is The Greek City from Alexander to Justinian, contains substantial sections on late antiquity, and it was published in 1940.

20 His comments on the secondary literature are provocative, yet he pulls his punches. He says of some of the primary sources, and not of the scholarly literature, that it was mostly chaff, with only a few grains of wheat to be gleaned. And he apologises (if in a rather laboured way) to those scholars who might have felt neglected. 21 Scheidel (1997) 288. writing the late roman empire: method and sources 37 The second layer of deception lies in the fact that he had in fact read rather more deeply into the secondary literature than he wanted to admit.

R. Meiggs in the art of cross-examining colleagues”. 24 Crook (1971); Brunt (2004). 23 writing the late roman empire: method and sources 39 are some disappointments. The absence of archaeology is conspicuous, and unexpected. Then, one notes his lack of interest in the history of ideas, as opposed to institutions. He was interested in how institutions worked, not in the minds of the men who manned them. 25 Why did Jones stay with institutions? We should not overlook the formative influence of his long wartime service in the Ministry of Labour (followed by a stretch in military intelligence), at a time when he was already planning his great work.

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