By Stephen Mitchell

The second one variation of A historical past of the Later Roman Empire beneficial properties vast revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping historic survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 to the loss of life of Heraclius in 641.
- incorporates a revised narrative of the political heritage that formed the past due Roman Empire
- contains wide alterations to the chapters on local background, in particular these in terms of Asia Minor and Egypt
- deals a renewed overview of the decline of the empire within the later 6th and 7th centuries
- areas a bigger emphasis at the army deficiencies, cave in of kingdom funds, and position of bubonic plague during the Europe in Rome’s decline
- contains systematic updates to the bibliography

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The overall extent, especially of the written material, is simply too wide to encompass. More importantly, the sources are not an inert mass of potential information, waiting to be quarried, but yield different answers to different questions. The approach to the history of the period not only determines the range of sources that are examined but also the way in which they are interrogated. The following selective survey is inevitably an individual one. The Problem of Christian Sources The written sources in particular are dificult to interpret, not least because the categories and genres to which they belong are substantially different from those for earlier periods of Roman history.

Their prime object was to preserve a record of the successes and failures of the Roman 22 THE NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE Empire and its rulers, including the activities of emperors and senior oficials, of armies and campaigns, of diplomacy and power struggles, and other political events. We are well served by them. Some of the inest historical writing from the ancient world comes from late antiquity. These major writers, who were well aware of the tradition to which they belonged, continued the secular tradition of historiography that had begun in the ifth century BC.

Between travels, he spent most of the last phase of his life at Rome, and probably completed his history before the death of Theodosius in 395. Ammianus provided the clearest pointer as to how his history should be read and understood in the inal paragraph of the whole work: This is the history of events from the reign of the emperor Nerva to the death of Valens, which I, a former soldier and a Greek, have composed to the best of my ability. It claims to be the truth, which I have never ventured to pervert either by silence or a lie.

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