This books captures Rome's fall and rebirth during this tumultous period. The author details the rise of Christianity and its effects on the city as well as the political and cultural atmosphere. Also inlcludes six maps.
"Lançon draws on precisely those passages in late antique authors that most of us try to bring out in class discussions and seminars in order to illustrate the substance of Latin late antiquity . . [It is] a lively and remarkably informative introduction to the way late Roman institutions and social conventions functioned in a city that did, after all, remain the symbolic centre of the Roman world. The real test of this volume's utility will be the classroom, and the present reviewer has not yet had the opportunity to try it out on an actual audience of undergraduates; when next he offers a survey of late antiquity, Lançon will be on the syllabus." -- Michael Kulikowski, Department of History, University of Tennessee, BMCR