The Cambridge Ancient History: Volume 12, The Crisis of Empire, AD 193-337

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Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, Cyril John Gadd, Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond, John Boardman, Frank William Walbank, David Malcolm Lewis, A. E. Astin, Alan Bowman, John Anthony Crook, Peter Garnsey, Andrew William Lintott, Averil Cameron, Elizabeth Rawson, Edward Champlin, Dominic Rathbone, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Michael Whitby
Cambridge University Press, 1970 - History - 965 pages
This volume covers the history of the Roman Empire from the accession of Septimius Severus in AD 193 to the death of Constantine in AD 337. This period was one of the most critical in the history of the Mediterranean world. It begins with the establishment of the Severan dynasty as a result of civil war. From AD 235 this period of relative stability was followed by half a century of short reigns of short-lived emperors and a number of military attacks on the eastern and northern frontiers of the empire. This was followed by the First Tetrarchy (AD 284-305), a period of collegial rule in which Diocletian, with his colleague Maximian and two junior Caesars (Constantius and Galerius), restabilised the empire. The period ends with the reign of the first Christian emperor, Constantine, who defeated Licinius and established a dynasty which lasted for thirty-five years.

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Alan Bowman is Camden Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is author of Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier (2nd edition) (Routledge, 1998) and The Cambridge Ancient History Volume XI (editor) (0521263352).

Peter Garnsey is Professor of the History of Classical Antiquity at the University of Cambridge. His previous publications include Food and Society in Classical Antiquity (0521641829) and The Evolution of the Late Antique World (with Caroline Humfress) (Orchard Academic, 2001).

Averil Cameron is Warden of Keble College, Oxford. Her published works include The Later Roman Empire: AD 284-430 (Harvard University Press, 1993) and The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity (Routledge, 1993).

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