1st Edition

The Historians of Late Antiquity

By David Rohrbacher Copyright 2002
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    The fourth and fifth centuries AD were an era of religious conflict, political change and military conflict. The responses of contemporary historians to these turbulent times reflect their diverse backgrounds - Christian and pagan, writing in both Greek and Latin, documenting church and state.
    This volume is the first to offer an accessible survey of the lives and works of these varied figures. The first half of the book explores the structure, style, purpose and nature of their writings. The second half compares and contrasts the information the historians provide, and the views they express on some central topics. These range from historiography, government and religion to barbarian invasions, and the controversial emperors Julian 'The Apostate' and Theodosius.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 Ammianus Marcellinus; Chapter 2 Aurelius Victor; Chapter 3 Eutropius; Chapter 4 Festus; Chapter 5 Eunapius; Chapter 6 Olympiodorus; Chapter 7 Priscus; Chapter 8 Rufinus; Chapter 9 Socrates; Chapter 10 Sozomen; Chapter 11 Theodoret; Chapter 12 Orosius; Chapter 13 Historiography; Chapter 14 Government; Chapter 15 The Roman Past; Chapter 16 Religion; Chapter 17 Barbarians; Chapter 18 The Emperor Julian (The Apostate); Chapter 19 The Emperor Theodosius I (The Great);


    David Rohrbacher is Assistant Professor of Classics at New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida.

    'This useful and well-executed volume will be an aid for those teaching on the late Roman empire, and for researchers of earlier Roman or medieval history.' - Scholia Reviews

    'A carefully researched and very accessible work of scholarship.' - Arctos