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1st Edition

Theodosius and the Limits of Empire

ISBN 9781138102989
Published April 7, 2020 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.