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4.0 out of 5 stars Late Romans
The book moves at quite a pace. Very good for a female writer. If that sounds patronising then I should say that it is a lot better than some of the vsi's essayed by females.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed with Augustine
I'm usually a fan of the VSI series, but for me this fails absolutely as an introduction to late antiquity because as I find it so dodgy on areas where I do have some knowledge, I can't trust the author on the areas which are new to me. It is also obsessed with Augustine. Once the author moves beyond Augustine, and perhaps neo-platonism, everything becomes rather fragile,...
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by R. Fitch


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1.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed with Augustine, 2 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I'm usually a fan of the VSI series, but for me this fails absolutely as an introduction to late antiquity because as I find it so dodgy on areas where I do have some knowledge, I can't trust the author on the areas which are new to me. It is also obsessed with Augustine. Once the author moves beyond Augustine, and perhaps neo-platonism, everything becomes rather fragile, and, occasionally, bizarre. Augustine was certainly a formidable figure, but almost everything, in a volume covering c250-750 CE, is referred back, at one point or another, and in a rather uncritical and decontextualised reading, to Augustine. For example the index reveals Augustine mentioned on 31 out of 116 pages, that is over a quarter of the book, and it is by far the largest entry in the index. By comparison the index indicates both Constantine and Constantinople are on 9 pages, and Justinian on 10. There are numerous lengthy quotes, but the reader is rarely made aware of the sources of the quotes. Tellingly the author's blurb only mentions previous editorial activity. There is no mention of authored work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Late Romans, 24 May 2014
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The book moves at quite a pace. Very good for a female writer. If that sounds patronising then I should say that it is a lot better than some of the vsi's essayed by females.

(see page 93 if you think this comment unfair).
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good introduction, 10 July 2011
This review is from: Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This book provides a great introduction to the period of Late Antiquity, covering Europe and the near East from around 250 to 750 AD. This is one of the longer books in the Very Short Introduction series, with wealth of information. There's quite a large emphasis on Chritianity, perhaps due to the author's greater knowledge in that area, a significant theme in the period, but the book is long enough that this doesn't prevent other topics being treated in adequate depth. An easy read and definitely worth a go!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear facts, concisely presented, 30 July 2012
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Concise facts about prominent people and significant events in late antiquity help with understanding the context and provide good background information for a planned novel.
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