Barbarians and Politics at The Court of Arcadius

CAMERON, Alan; LONG, Jacqueline and SHERRY, Lee

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Hardcover, 8vo., cloth boards in good dustjacket, appendices, bibliography, index, 442pp. The Roman Empire faced a series of crises in 395-400AD. New emperor's Arcadiu and Honorius resulted in a revolt of the barbarian settlers in Roman territory and the massacre of Goths in Constantinople. Synesius wrote of these events in his De regno and De providentia which the authors have analysised the works to arrive at a new conclusion to the accepted view. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The chaotic events of AD 395-400 marked a momentous turning point for the Roman Empire and its relationship to the barbarian peoples under and beyond its command. In this study, the author proposes a complete rewriting of received wisdom concerning the social and political history of these years. Our knowledge of the period comes to us in part through Synesius of Cyrene, who recorded his view of events in his "De Regno" and "De Providentia". By redating these words, Cameron offers a vital, new interpretation of the interactions of pagans and Christians, Goths and Romans. In 394/95, during the last four months of his life, the emperor Theodosius I ruled as sole Augustus over a united Roman empire that had been divided between at least two emperors for most of the preceding 100 years. Not only did the death of Theodosius set off a struggle between Roman officeholders of the two empires, but it also set off renewed efforts by the barbarian Goths to sieze both territory and office. Theodosius had encouraged high-ranking Goths to enter Roman military service; thus well placed, their efforts would lead to Alaric's sack of Rome in 410. Though Cameron's interest is in the particularities of events, the book conveys a sense of the general time and place.

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