By Averil Cameron
The Mediterranean international in past due Antiquity offers either an in depth creation to overdue antiquity, and an instantaneous problem to the traditional perspectives of the top of the empire.
A international professional at the topic, Averil Cameron makes a speciality of the adjustments and continuities in Mediterranean society as an entire prior to the Arab conquests of the 7th century.
With sleek, in-depth archaeological facts, this all-round actual, historic and thematic examine of the west and jap empires becomes the normal paintings at the interval. With instructed really expert interpreting, it may already be an important merchandise at the interpreting lists of classical stories and archaeology students.
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There was no western Leo or Zeno; in fact no western emperor ever succeeded in establishing strong government after the death of Theodosius I, and while the eastern government in the later fifth century under Marcian and Anastasius succeeded in becoming progressively more civilian in style, the exact 34 Figure 3 The Mediterranean world, early sixth century. THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD IN LATE ANTIQUITY opposite happened in the west. But the western government could hardly be said to represent strong military rule; on the contrary, both the territories occupied by the western empire and the Roman army itself had by now suffered fragmentation on a major scale.
1–8; Anon. Val. 2 Thus the date AD 476 has provided a convenient point at which to place the formal end of the Roman empire, and Procopius of Caesarea begins his history of Justinian’s Gothic war (AD 535–54) by recounting the history of Italy from that point. 3 But AD 476 has no significance in the context of the economic and social changes that were taking place in the period; it is doubtful whether even the population of Italy at first noticed much difference. Despite all the vast modern bibliography which has accumulated about this supposed ‘turning-point’, the changes which were taking place were long-term; it is much more helpful therefore to take a more structural view .
The Greek term ‘heresy’ originally meant simply ‘choice’; but each Christian group in turn defined the choices of the rest as heresies, and in the late fourth century Bishop Epiphanius of Salamis in Cyprus composed a ‘Medicine-Chest’ or list of ‘remedies’ (that is, arguments, following the medical metaphor) against some eighty such objectionable ‘heresies’. The Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon both carried forward this attempt to arrive at a definition binding on the whole church; both councils took place in a context of bitter rivalry.