1st Edition

Chronicles, Consuls, and Coins: Historiography and History in the Later Roman Empire

By R.W. Burgess Copyright 2011
    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    370 Pages
    by Routledge

    The papers collected in this volume focus on the sources for reconstructing the history of the third to fifth centuries AD. The first section, 'Historiography', looks at a small group of chronicles and breviaria whose texts are fundamental for our reconstruction of the history of the third and fourth centuries, some well known, others much less so: Eusebius of Caesarea, Jerome, the lost Kaisergeschichte, and Eutropius. In this section the goal in each case is a specific attempt to come to a better understanding of the structure, composition, date, or author of these historical texts. The second section, 'History', presents a group of historical studies, ranging in time from the death of Constantine in 337 to the vicennalia of Anastasius in 511. In these papers the keys to the conclusions offered arise from a better understanding of the literary sources - particularly chronicles and consularia -, an understanding of the evolution of historical accounts over time, or the employment of sources that are either new or unusual in these particular contexts: consular fasti, coins, papyri, and itineraries.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I Historiography: The dates and editions of Eusebius' Chronici canones and Historia ecclesiastica; A chronological prolegomenon to reconstructing Eusebius’ Chronici canones: the evidence of Ps-Dionysius (the Zuqnin Chronicle); Jerome explained: an introduction to his Chronicle and a guide to its use; Jerome and the Kaisergeschichte; On the date of the Kaisergeschichte; Principes cum tyrannis: two studies on the Kaisergeschichte and its tradition; A common source for Jerome, Eutropius, Festus, Ammianus, and the Epitome de Caesaribus between 358 and 378, along with further thoughts on the date and nature of the Kaisergeschichte; Eutropius v.c. Magister memoriae? Part II History: Achyron or Proasteion? The location and circumstances of Constantine's death; The summer of blood: the 'great massacre' of 337 and the promotion of the sons of Constantine; The Passio S. Artemii, Philostorgius, and the dates of the invention and translations of the relics of Sts Andrew and Luke; The accession of Marcian in the light of Chalcedonian apologetic and monophysite polemic; The third regnal year of Eparchius Avitus: a reply; Quinquennial vota and the imperial consulship in the 4th and 5th centuries, 337-511; 'Non duo Antonini sed duo Augusti': the consuls of 161 and the origins and traditions of the Latin consular fasti of the Roman empire; Supplementary notes; Index.


    R.W. Burgess is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

    ’Burgess' book is a very impressive bridge into the past through Chronicles and abridgments from the third to the fifth century, with copious references to the Byzantine literature and coins. The collection is a clear demonstration of how an accurate work of reconstruction of chronology results in a better understanding not only of historical accounts, but also of the sources used by the chronographers, upon which modern historians rely.’ Sehepunkte 'As a collection, these articles provide an excellent resource to put before students to instruct them in the complexities and rewards of a close reading of sources.' Early Medieval Europe