The emperor Theodosius I (AD 379–395) was one of the most remarkable figures of the late antique period. In the face of religious schism, political turmoil, and barbarian threats he managed to maintain imperial power and forge a political dynasty that would dominate both east and west for over half a century. This study, the first English language biography in over twenty years, traces his rise to power and tumultuous reign, and examines his indelible impact on a rapidly changing empire.
Table of Contents
Part 1. A New Power in the East
Chapter 1. An Inevitable Rise to Power?
Chapter 2. Meeting the Crisis
Chapter 3. Building a Regime
Chapter 4. ‘Heresy’, Politics and Power
Part 2. A Dynasty Founded; A Dynasty Challenged
Chapter 5. A New Dynasty Rises
Chapter 6. An Inevitable Clash
Part 3. The Final Years: Conflict and Chaos
Chapter 7. The Emperor and the Bishop
Chapter 8. Malleus Paganorum?
Chapter 9. The Final Campaign
Appendix 1. Theodosius: the army, discipline and loyalty
Appendix 2. Constantinople: The Jewel in the Crown
Mark Hebblewhite completed his PhD at Macquarie University, Australia in 2012 and has taught widely in the field of Ancient History. His research interests centre on the ideology and politics of the later Roman Empire, with particular reference to the role of the army. He currently works at the Australian Catholic University.