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The Cambridge Ancient History Volume 14: Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, AD 425-600 [Hardcover]

Averil Cameron , Bryan Ward-Perkins , Michael Whitby

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29 Mar 2001
With Volume 14 The Cambridge Ancient History concludes its story. This latest volume embraces the wide range of approaches and scholarship which have in recent decades transformed our view of Late Antiquity. In particular, traditional political and social history has been enormously enhanced by integrating the rich evidence of Christian writing, and the constantly expanding results of archaeological research. A picture emerges of a period of considerable military and political disruption, but also of vibrant intellectual and cultural activity. The volume begins with a series of narrative chapters. These are followed by sections on government and institutions, economy and society, and religion and culture. A section on the provinces and the non-Roman world marks the rise of new and distinct political and cultural entities. This volume, and the CAH, ends in around AD 600, before the Arab conquests shattered for ever what remained of the unity of the Roman world.

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'Cambridge's production standards are exemplary. This volume is self-recommending.' Martin Brooke, Church Times

'This volume is an organizational and conceptual tour de force. … a reliable, amply documented, and self-aware volume that offers clear guidance through a landscape of remarkable variety and interest. The volume is far more than a rock solid base for further research by scholars already in the field. It invites thoughtful reassessment of the era it so vividly describes so that students of other eras might benefit from its lessons.' M. Maas, Rice University

'An indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the Roman world during the period, CAH, vol. 14 belongs on library shelves and in the studies of all serious students of late antiquity.' The Journal of S.J.T.

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With Volume 14 The Cambridge Ancient History concludes its story. This volume embraces the wide range of approaches in scholarship which have in recent decades transformed our view of Late Antiquity. A picture emerges of a period of military and political disruption, but also of vibrant intellectual and cultural activity.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good, up-to-date overview 23 July 2001
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This review concerns the volume of the Cambridge Ancient history covering 425-600.

This was a very readable book, that I have just completed. I read about eighty percent of it, only skipping or skimmimg a few sections. Admittedly, this would not make a good introductory book, and probably not even a good second book, on the period, but if you are interested in the period and have a working knowledge of it, I am sure you will find much of interest. The book begins with an evocative 150 pages or so of narrative historical overview, with the latest interpretations of chronology. Some of this material is then covered in a more thematic way, and also in an area-by-area manner, later in the book. There are also many sections on various social aspects. One such that I gained much from was the one on education. Interestingly, there was no separate section on women. The bibliography is 100 pages long, so the reading matter itself is about 1000 pages. The book was worth the money to me.
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