A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire


The appearance in 1964 of A.H.M. Jones’ The Later Roman Empire 284–602: A Social, Economic, and Administrative Survey transformed the study of the Late Antique world. In this volume a number of leading scholars reassess the impact of Jones’ great work, the influences that shaped his scholarship, and the legacy he left for later generations. Jones’ historical method, his fundamental knowledge of Late Roman political, social, economic and religious structures, and his famous assessment of the Decline and Fall of Rome are re-examined here in the light of modern research. This volume offers a valuable aid to academics and students alike who seek to better understand and exploit the priceless resource that is the Later Roman Empire.
Contributors are Averil Cameron, Peter Garnsey, David Gwynn, Peter Heather, Caroline Humfress, Luke Lavan, Wolfgang Liebeschuetz, Stefan Rebenich, Alexander Sarantis, Roger Tomlin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Michael Whitby.
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Biographical Note

David M. Gwynn (DPhil Oxford 2003) is Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His doctoral thesis was recently published as The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the “Arian Controversy” (Oxford 2007).

Review Quotes

"...All in all, this is a very worthwhile collection of fine essays; we should be grateful to Gwynn for assembling them. For those interested in a broad view of Jones’ place in twentieth-century historiography, Garnsey and Rebenich’s chapters, along with Cameron’s chapter and Liebeschuetz’s epilogue, will be the most valuable parts of the book; the other chapters of Section 2 will be useful for those with more specialized interests..."
Gavin Kelly, University of Edinburgh
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.12.17

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors

Section I: The Man and the Historian
1. Alexander Sarantis, Arnold Hugh Martin Jones (1904-1970)
2. Peter Garnsey, Writing the Late Roman Empire: Method and Sources
3. Stefan Rebenich, Jones and Continental Scholarship

Section II: The Later Roman Empire
4. Michael Whitby, The Role of the Emperor
5. Peter Heather, Running the Empire: Bureaucrats, Curials and Senators
6. Caroline Humfress, Law and Justice in the Later Roman Empire
7. Roger Tomlin, A.H.M. Jones and the Army of the Fourth Century
8. Luke Lavan, A.H.M. Jones and “The Cities”: 1964-2004
9. Bryan Ward-Perkins, Jones and the Late Roman Economy
10. David Gwynn, Idle Mouths and Solar Haloes – Jones and the Conversion of Europe
11. Averil Cameron, A.H.M. Jones and the End of the Ancient World

Wolfgang Liebeschuetz, Afterword: A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire

Appendix: The Writings of A.H.M. Jones 545


This volume is intended to aid academics and students working in Late Antique history and historiography, as well as scholars of the history of political institutions, economy and law.


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